Are you saying because the BG turned and ran while he was being shot that action makes it wrong? If the clerk had followed him out of the place and chased him shooting then yes he would be in trouble. But shooting at him in the store, bank, motel, whatever it is I don't think puts him in trouble. The BG could turn and shoot at any time during his escape thus the treat remained active IMHO. The clerk stopped shooting when the BG exited the office, in-other-words when the treat ended.JimmyC said:In MN that desk clerk would be in jail--the threat had ended, the bad guy was retreating, so by our laws regarding use of lethal force he was clearly in the wrong. Pure and simple a bad shoot were it MN. He'd be in criminal trouble, then face civil suit from the "upstanding citizen" he wounded.
Added to that was his stupidity in endangering that woman and child...it is not their burden to get out of his way, it is his to not endanger them. Even the muzzle blast from a .40 at that distance could injure their eyesight or hearing. Edited to add--this was a stupid move whether MN, OH or wherever; the BG was running away, as in retreating, so why endanger two innocents!
All in all this is not a situation to use to glorify CCW.
clt46910 said:I am glad so many here would have been so calm and thoughtful under this kind of stress. Hindsight is Twenty/Twenty. We can critique and criticize all we want in hindsight. I think the young man did an admirable job under the circumstances.