Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shoot First - Call 911 Later

The Wichita Eagle has the report.

Two men were shot by a homeowner on his property in the Sumner County town of Milton early Monday, authorities said.

The 46-year-old homeowner awoke about 2:45 a.m. and thought he heard intruders in his house, Sumner County sheriff's Capt. Mike Yoder said. The man got up, grabbed a rifle and went to investigate.

He saw four men on his property, including in a detached shop, Yoder said. He opened fire on them, and they began to run before fleeing in two vehicles from the town, which is in northwest Sumner County south of Suppesville.

The homeowner then called 911.

The County Sherrif summed it up perfectly.

The homeowner was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated battery, Yoder said.

"Obviously, you have the right to protect your property, but you can't go overboard with it," Yoder said.
What's your opinion? Do they go a bit too far with this castle-doctrine mentality? I say yes.

Please leave a comment.


  1. It is a crying shame that he did not score hits on all four of them only one in the intensive care ward is not acceptable.

    Hopefully the grand jury will refuse to indite him, I know that I would use jury nullification if I sat on his trial.

  2. Yeah, 'cuz havin' your shit stole is a hangin* offense!

    See, I'm okay with that, except if it turns out that one of the guys he shot was not in fact a perp but, say, some dumb kid who was forced by a couple of bullies to go along with their plan or get the shit kicked out of him then maybe the death penalty for attempting to kill the poor bastard?

    Actually, the problem would be solved if they ALL had guns, right? Ain't I right? Anyone, anyone? Bueller?

    * Well, shootin' in this case, but why quibble?

  3. This story demonstrates that Castle doctrine is NOT what the gun control side has made it out to be. There was no immediate threat to body (only property) so the police arrested the shooter (we’ll see if there is a conviction for a final analysis after the courts review all the evidence). Clearly Kansas castle doctrine did not provide this man a license to murder by claiming he “felt threatened”. Japete should take a close look at this story. It will clear up a lot of her misconceptions since she doesn’t believe it coming from us.

  4. TS, Please note that I refer to the "Castle Doctrine Mentality," for the very reason that the true legal castle doctrine does not allow manslaughter, but the mentality sure does.

  5. “Mentality”? What do you mean by that? Are you suggesting castle doctrine influenced this man to shoot trespassers even though that is not what castle doctrine allows? If that is your contention, then by the same token not having castle doctrine influences criminals to rob, attack, and have their way with their victims. I’ll flesh that out further in your post about the Oakland shooting.

  6. That's right TS. The castle doctrine mentality devalues human life. It has nothing to do with the law. It's the deplorable attitude of many gun owners.