It was like any other day at the range. However, upon checking out with a rather large purchase of ammo due to my unwillingness to travel the extra three (3) miles to Wal-Mart (This was early summer.) in order to purchase ammo to refill my magazines for home protection. Typically, I’ll store four (4) extra magazines and two (2) full of self-defense. You should be aware that my everyday carry is a Glock 17 so, having a few extra bullets really adds up. To further elaborate, I’m not exactly sure why I’m in the habit of loading so many because if the time arose once again, I would grab my rifle instead.
In addition, there was a Sheriff’s deputy that spoke out behind the counter where he was propped up back against the wall and blurted out these words,
“You have to live with that now!”
Assuming that he could not have been talking to me, I continued as usual, but once more he said,
“Now you will have to live with that!”
Looking up and seeing that he was talking directly to me, I was able to barely open my mouth and respond,
“I was at the call when you let that criminal go at the Circle K and because you didn’t take care of it you have to live with the fact of him attempting his crime and possibly killing an innocent bystander!”
Looking up with disbelief that an officer of the law was telling me this, but then again not entirely shocked, I was able to process the thought of him having a horrible day, therefore I didn’t respond.at first.
The deputy walked closer asking me with almost a whisper, "Well Son, will you be able to if you see his face for murder come across the news channel feel bad at all?"
Shaking my head, but able to clear all the negative things that could have been said in response was very hard, but biting my tongue and in a very calm tone said, “Yes, sir…I can because it’s not my face on the screen for murdering someone.”
He never responded because how could he? If he would have actually read the report the man did not have a visible weapon and shooting the man in his back was not feasible….actually, it’s murder and possibly in the Second degree to be exact! To finish this occurrence I’m able to add that maybe “stand your ground” was appliable by Louisiana law, but if by any means at all, don’t kill an individual when they don’t have a weapon are not going to cause life or limb of you, family, or unknown bystanders.
I have faith that the young man ran away repented and became a church choir boy. Now as unlikely as that seems, I have faith, he met death that day, but Jesus has defeated death and actually wanted to save that young man. I’m not sure if that is the reasoning, but I’ll sleep at night and when those words,“Now, can you live with that!” come running across my mind, I’m able to believe the right call was made.
Castle doctrine is no excuse for murder. If they flee or surrender, let them do so and if you don’t it could cost you twenty-five (25) to life if the jury has a different verdict and did not see it from a stand your ground view!
I pray you enjoyed the real-life occurrence and if you have an opinion on how maybe one should have handled the situation (With deputy at the range)
Lay it down!