Man Shoots and Kills Roommate - Justified UPDATED: 911 Calls added

Man Shoots and Kills Roommate - Justified UPDATED: 911 Calls added

This is a discussion on Man Shoots and Kills Roommate - Justified UPDATED: 911 Calls added within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7580599 Prosecutors have decided not to charge a man who shot his roommate three times. Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph Harriott threw 24-year-old Brian Sessoms out ...

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    Man Shoots and Kills Roommate - Justified UPDATED: 911 Calls added

    http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7580599

    Prosecutors have decided not to charge a man who shot his roommate three times.

    Authorities say 25-year-old Joseph Harriott threw 24-year-old Brian Sessoms out of his Summerville home New Year's Day after Sessoms hit his 16-year-old girlfriend, then warned him he would shoot if he broke back in the home.

    Police say Sessoms climbed back into the house through a window on the second floor, and Harriott shot him as he came down the stairs.

    Prosecutors say Harriott then tried to treat Sessoms' wound to the stomach, but Sessoms kept fighting. Harriott shot his roommate two more times.

    Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says she decided not to charge Harriott because state law for self-defense says if the first shot is justified, a person can keep shooting until a threat is eliminated.


    Interesting that one of the two men (story isn't too clear on exactly which one) has a 16 y/o girlfriend. I know I wouldn't let my 16 y/o daughter date a 24 or 25 y/o.

    Thank God I don't have any daughters.
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    Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says she decided not to charge Harriott because state law for self-defense says if the first shot is justified, a person can keep shooting until a threat is eliminated.
    Don't hear that one too often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CT-Mike
    Interesting that one of the two men (story isn't too clear on exactly which one) has a 16 y/o girlfriend.
    This was my first thought too. Is it coincidence that these three things are found in the same story?:

    1. A 24 or 25 year old man is 'dating' a 16 year old girl.

    2. A 24 year old man hits his/roommates 16 year old 'girlfriend'.

    3. The 24 year old is shot when he breaks into the house and is shot twice more when he continues his violence.

    Who woulda thunk?

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    Yep, a trio of trouble.
    Grown men old enough to be on the back side of a doctorate program hanging out with and having a girlfriend straight out of 9th grade.

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    I'm glad he was not charged...I think...
    Roomate? Someone's girlfriend?
    Life or death threat?

    There HAS to be more to this story...
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    It's called easy girls and perverts.

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    News video story here:

    http://www.wcbd.com/midatlantic/cbd/...1-04-0016.html

    Turns out the 16 y/o was the GF of the dead guy. Some excerpts from the 911 call as well. Homeowner was heard on tape telling the intruder to stop each time before shooting, and then tried to apply first aid/stop bleeding. A recording like that sure makes a prosecutor's decision easy.

    911 Calls here:

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    I am 24 and have no idea how one would date a 16 year old. It really shows these people to be of the lowest kind.

    That being said, i don't think the cause of the incident, domestic violence in this case, (or race, hate, robbery, road rage...) should be used to judge the shooter. There are many causes of violence, but the way we choose to react to it is how we should be judged.

    I am happy with our shooter. He seemed to keep in control, tried to de-escalate the situation, and acted within the law.

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    Shooter sounds collected... talks to Brian whole time, reassures his own girlfriend (wife?) at one point. Handled the situation as well as one could hope, I would think.
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