Deputies said an argument began after the homeowner, described as 70 years old, told the 17-year-old to get off his yard. The homeowner found some items where the teen had been standing and took them inside, according to deputies.
Investigators said the teenager, identified as Vidal Herrera, then demanded his items back. The homeowner shot Herrera once in the stomach when Herrera began walking toward the homeowner, officials said.
"Our early indications are that he was in fear of the 17-year-old, shot one time. There's been reports that there's been some burglaries and some robberies and some criminal activities in this area by the complainant. That hasn't been substantiated, yet," said Sgt. Larry Davis with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
My "early indications" are that what we've got here is a failure to communicate. I keep saying the lethal threat requirement must be more strictly enforced, but it seems a lot of people are not hearing me. When Ladon Jones shot and killed one of the thieves who were stealing his SUV, I seriously doubt if his life was in jeapordy. Rather he was outraged at the audacity of someone who would dare tresspass and steal from him.
In a similar way, this man in Houston, wasn't resonding to a lethal threat but rather to the outrage of living among young Hispanics who may have been responsible for "some burglaries and some robberies and some criminal activities in this area."
What's your opinion? I realize I don't know what really happened there, but what's your guess? What do you think happened? Do you find it a bit quick for the police to excuse this man's actions as those of someone frightened, as someone threatened? It sounds to me like he was more angry than scared.
Please leave a comment. By the way, I was expecting this to be a post about a legitimate defensive shooting. I was going to say it's an exception that proves the rule. The rule being tha many of these so-called defensive shootings are nothing of the sort.
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