Friend of Mine Got Into a Bad Situation

Friend of Mine Got Into a Bad Situation

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    Friend of Mine Got Into a Bad Situation

    A friend of mine called me up today, he got himself into a pretty questionable situation last night. I have to just go by what he told me, but I don't have any reason not to trust that he told me the truth either. He doesn't have a CHL, was woken up by a fire alarm and on his way home was surprised by a transient, which fortunately led to nothing violent and the transient left the premises. A female neighbor of his stated to him that she was scared and didn't think she had locked her front door. He offered to check out her home if she wanted him to, she accepted. He went home, got his weapon (ruger SR9c) and searched her home and found nothing, they exchanged pleasantries and he went home. He is pretty freaked out right now since he carried a concealed weapon without a CHL and barely knows the female involved and is afraid that the owners of his community may attempt to evict him for UWC for similar.

    Is he covered by Texas Castle Law or should he contact an attorney and prepare for civil or criminal prosecution?


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    Probably no harm no foul unless the female he checked out the home for cant keep her mouth shut.
    Info is kinda sketchy though.
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    Guess I don't understand very well. If the gun was concealed, how did the woman know he was carrying? And not for nuttin', one person clearing a home (and particularly someone else's home) is a really bad idea, IMO.

    If she was that frightened, I'd call the local PD. Clearing a building/house is something they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMick View Post
    Guess I don't understand very well. If the gun was concealed, how did the woman know he was carrying? And not for nuttin', one person clearing a home (and particularly someone else's home) is a really bad idea, IMO. If she was that frightened, I'd call the local PD. Clearing a building/house is something they do.
    I'm all for doin a neighborly thing....and especially helping ah Damsel in distress. BUT.....given all the circumstance with that their transient and all. I'd ah called in LEO's first-off.

    Because maybe they had some-other reports about that their transient too? Maybe LEO's were already looking for that their transient? And LEO's, they "could ah ~ should ah ~ been" checking that transient out? And while they were at it.... the LEO's could ah cleared that female's home for her too. That's what they do, and are for, in cases like this.

    What if....your buddy would have shot that transient? Or worst yet, someone else, in her house; by mistaken identity?

    Wouldn't want to be that victim of circumstances Moe.
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    I would not clear my own home, much less a stranger's! It is a risky operation for a trained team of professionals. One good citizen attempting this is asking for serious trouble.
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    Tell him that although his intentions were good, he should not assume the role of the police .She should have called them. No good deed goes unpunished. Word will get around.
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    I did not follow your post very well. Starting with he woke up by a fire alarm, and on his way home. The first half of the story does nothing but confuse me. What does running into a transient on the way home have to do with anything? Did your, friend think that this guy was in two places at the same time, (on the street, and in her apartment) ?

    Even with a concealed weapon permit, playing neighborhood cop is not a good idea, (just ask Zimmerman, the Florida guy charged with murder). What was he going to do if there was someone there? He is foolish not to let the local police do a search. All that being said, I don't think he has anything to worry about now. Someone would have to press charges against him, and that isn't likely as there was only one possible witness, his girlfriend.

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    Considering he doesn't have a CCW and was on property other than his own than YES he broke the law. Like others said he is not a cop and should not be clearing houses. Good intentions don't hold too much weight in court. And self defense doesn't work out too well either when you knowingly bring yourself to danger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asldkjfqwoifqwo View Post
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    Amazing the things a man will do to impress a woman. LOL Having to run home to get his pistol, so he could go all Cagney & Lacey (if he's old enough to have been trained by this TV show) on a woman's place, that he barely knows. Wanna guess if she was hot or not? LOL

    Lots of teaching points in this thread boys and girls. Hahah
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    The neighborly thing is to call 911, brew some coffee, chat pleasantries, and wait for the calvary to clear the house. That's in the PD's job description.
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    First of all, nothing about the accounting of the events preceding his clearing his neighbor's house makes any sense.

    If he allowed the neighbor to see his gun as he was searching her place and she spreads the news I suppose he could have a problem with "the owners of his community" (does he live in an apartment complex?). Instead of trying to play cop the smarter thing for him to have done would have been to provide some safe haven for his frightened neighbor, call the police and let them clear her place.

    Strange story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaplain Scott View Post
    Many things undertaken after dark that seemed like a good idea at the time, look stupid in the light of day.
    Don't ask me how I know that.
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