By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The Rite-Aid shooting saga has just resulted in another mistrial for Bernell Benn. In the video (below), Benn is the large black man on the cell phone. Colorado is the white man in white shorts and dark short sleeved shirt.
From the recent article at wavy.com:
Benn has claimed he acted in self-defense during the altercation with Ramon Colorado in which investigators say both men had guns and began shooting at each other.
During a jailhouse interview with WAVY.com after his August 16 arrest, Benn said Colorado jumped ahead of him in line that afternoon.
“I said ‘Excuse me, sir. I’m in line to get my blood pressure medicine.’” said Benn, explaining what he said to Colorado. “[Colorado] said, ‘I’m in line too, bro.’”
Benn said at that point, Colorado pepper-sprayed him. Both of the men reportedly had guns on them and investigators say they shot at each other. They were both injured; Colorado died and Benn was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Watching the video, I cannot help but believe that there were many opportunities for both men to break off the encounter and avoid the gunfight that finally ensued. It appears that after the pepper spraying, both men actively sought each other through the aisles of the store.
I was not there, and I do not know what was said. I have not been in the jury box, so I do not know all the evidence presented. Given only what I have seen on the video, I believe both men exhibited aggression and bad judgment.
Maybe that is why there have been two mistrials.
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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
I watched the jailhouse video and Benn’s description with the exception of not mentioning Colorado letting him go ahead of him. The assault with pepper spray seems totally out of the blue with no justification. Benn retreated when assaulted and while at the back of the store Colorado threatened him. Benn looked around the aisle and saw Colorado with what could have been a gun, so he gave a verbal warning. Colorado shot at Benn and Benn returned fire. I’m going to assume that there was a witness that corroborated Benn’s description of events since if he had made stuff… Read more »
It looks to me like the white guy started it he is the one who pepper sprayed the other guy first. Regardless of who was in line first or what was said you have to keep a cool head when you are carrying.
I can not hear what they are saying. It does not matter who was in line first or who was being rude or who cut line that is not an excuse to pepper spray someone. Just let the other guy go in front of you its not worth starting a scene when you are armed. When you are carrying you have to have a cool head and forgive the other person first and only act if your life is in danger. it is not like there were a lot of people or it was a long wait. The first assault… Read more »
I watched the video. Benn was NOT in line. Colorado came up got in line and was minding his own business. Benn started the confrontation. At that point anything that happened after is his fault. It is to bad Colorado was not a better shot. That is why I practice at the range twice a week. I have a simple rule that I follow and others would be advised to also follow. If you light the fuse to the dynamite, do not bitch about the explosion.
The ROE’s for robbery can be explained in one sentence. Don’t chase or shoot the perp unless he took your wallet.
I never realized “Impolite” is a Capital Offense. Both are, quite, guilty, considering the man (1) who sprayed the other (2) left the scene before any gunfire occurred, but returned, and man 2 would not get off his phone to solve the problem. If both were still alive they, in my opinion, would have been guilty of, among other things, Reckless Endangerment of all the staff and customers in the store. I, truly, hate articles like this because one such action, like these, will out live dozens of true self-defense cases occurring daily. These clowns consistently damage the reputations of… Read more »
Afterthought where both idiots.
Just from looking that at video it was like the black guys started the problem, looks like the black guy has a sense of entitlement.
This could have easily been avoided. #1 I the video clearly shows that the guy on the phone was not standing in line as he claims, he was actually wandering around the front of the store talking on his cell phone, How rude and disrespectful. It doesn’t mean that anyone should be shot or pepper sprayed but it could have easily been avoided.