Monday, May 28, 2012

Zoey Ripple, CU Grad Shot in Boulder Home Intrusion

The Daily Camera reports

Police say Ripple entered the bedroom of a house at 425 College Ave. at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The screen door was closed, but unlocked. 

The owners of the house, identified by county property records as Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion, were in bed when they heard Ripple come in. In the darkness, they shouted to warn the intruder to leave and that they had a gun, but Ripple continued walking through the bedroom, and Justice fired one shot, police said. 

When the homeowners turned on the lights, they saw Ripple on the floor with a gunshot wound to her hip and called 911, police said. They said they did not recognize her as anyone they knew.
Additional justification of the shooting is that the wife of the shooter had been stalked by a schizophrenic woman in the past.  But now they leave the door of their multi-million-dollar home unlocked.

To add insult to injury, Ms. Ripple is now being charged with trespassing.

My biggest problem with this case is not that the home owner, who is perfectly willing to shoot someone, does not even lock his front door, but that he could not possibly have had a reasonable fear that he was faced with lethal threat.  Plus, he violated Rule number 3.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.


  1. Mikeb, Rule 3 is keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot. Now, if you're saying that the home owner didn't identify his target, that's not true. He shouted for the invader to leave, and she refused to comply. His target was thereby identified. What more was he supposed to find out?

    1. Yeah, I had uses a version that had 3 and 4 reversed. But, you're right, this is the most widely accepted version.

    2. He didn't properly identify the target. If he had, he would have known it was a harmless drunk girl.

    3. He identified the target as a threat. Nothing more needs to be known. If you break into my house, you'd better have a damned good reason and a quick answer. I don't have time to figure out what your intentions are. Note that the drunk girl is being charged with trespassing, so the police apparently agree with me.

  2. You left out more of the story. Ripple had a shoplifting charge for which she received a suspended sentence. Now she's charged with felony trespass. Hey, at least she'll never own a firearm legally, right? That's one more down. Hundreds of millions to go.

  3. Bummer. It turns out stupid hurts.

  4. Proof is in the pudding isn't it Mike. Here you are defending a CRIMINAL. Your anti-self defense colors are showing. No criminal is quite bad enough to justify shooting are they Mike? Any DGU is bad and citizens need to roll over and give in right?

  5. Greg Camp you are a moron. She is a harmless drunken college student... You would identify this "target" as a "threat"?

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