Ouch, this may get ugly.
This is a discussion on Way To Go Gramps within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/14989659/detail.html DETROIT -- An 82-year-old man on Detroit's northwest side shot and severely wounded an intruder who walked into his Collingwood Street home Sunday afternoon. ...
DETROIT -- An 82-year-old man on Detroit's northwest side shot and severely wounded an intruder who walked into his Collingwood Street home Sunday afternoon.
Police said that the intruder, a 44-year-old man from Redford, was visiting friends in the neighborhood when he entered the home of Thomas Jackson, 82, and his wife.
Jackson grabbed his gun and shot the intruder.
Police are investigating why the man had entered the home, but a friend told Local 4 that the intruder has a history of mental illness
"What he does, he's been known to go into people's houses and just sit down," said friend Charles Smith.
"He don't know where he is. He'll go into people's cars and sit down, you know, follow strangers down the street."
The intruder was listed in critical condition at Henry Ford Hospital Sunday evening.
Here's to being prepared.
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Ouch, this may get ugly.
Grasseater // Grass~eat~er noun, often attributive \ˈgras-ē-tər\
A person who is incapable of independent thought; a person who is herd animal-like in behavior; one who cannot distinguish between right and wrong; a foolish person.
See also Sheep
Surgeon General's Warning...
Walking into people's homes uninvited and sitting down can be hazardous to your health!
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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Sounds like this guy needed help. If his friends and family knew he did stuff like this, why wasn't he getting treatment? You feel bad for the guy, but I sure as heck don't fault gramps for shooting him. If he's been known to do this, he's lucky he lived as long as he did.
"The sword dose not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword dose not bear sin" Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac 11th century
I can see a lawyer for the intruder (or surviving family) whining that the home owner should have asked the person to talk and find out why he was intruding. Then he'll whine that the home owner "should have known" the person may have had a history of mental illness......................
BE PREPARED - Noah didn't build the Ark when it was raining!
Si vis pacem, para bellum
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Any stranger just walks into my home is asking to be shot. I am reaching the years that I am physically unable to adequatly defend myself mano a mano.
Strangers who come to my door are met with a gun in my hand even though they can't see it. I live with the idea of better safe then sorry.
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But what if the first person that I had seen had been a jumpy trigger fingered owner ready to shoot the first person that walked in the door.
Regardless of the law, good judgment requires good judgment and reasonable restraint to avoid needless injury and grief to all.
I understand the sentiments of everyone on these boards, but I have to feel some remorse over an innocent man being injured by one of us. I realize that he was trespassing, and therefore not fully 'innocent' but in his mind he had no malice and unfortunately was seen as a threat.
At the same time, I hope that no actions are taken against gramps. He did what he thought was right to protect himself against an unknown intruder.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
Who is John Galt?
A lot of unknowns:
Why wasn't the front door locked?
I did not see where the intruder was armed.
The age does play into it heavily (octogenarian).
Agree the fellow should have been monitored closely.
No winners in this one.