Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from defense with a gun.
The homeowner called 911 around 10:30 a.m. Sunday to report he shot the tenant. The tenant was dead by the time deputies arrived, and the homeowner was arrested soon after.
A judge ordered him to jail without bail after he admitted to fatally shooting his tenant. He was accused of murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
The homeowner had tried to evict the tenant and his girlfriend several times. He recently gave them 12 days to move out and that the deadline had been that day. The homeowner claimed the 53 year old tenant was bipolar, depressed and threatened him several times, including with a pocket knife three months earlier.
On the morning of the shooting, he retrieved his gun after the tenant knocked on his locked door and asked to speak to him face to face. At first the tenant remained in the doorway but then started walking toward the landlord and threatening to kill him. The homeowner said he couldn't see the tenant’s hands and didn't know if he had any weapons on him.
He stated he was “scared for his life” when he pulled his gun and shot his tenant. On Monday prosecutors dropped charges. A Clackamas County grand jury opted not to indict the shooter after hearing testimony from the deceased’s girlfriend, as well as his adult daughter and others who were at the house when the shooting occurred.
The 66 year old landlord is expected to be released from jail sometime shortly.
Apparently the witnesses and the physical evidence back up the shooters explanation. They say a good prosecutor can get an indictment against a ham sandwich, well maybe not every time.
With truthful witnesses and a good crime scene investigation, the evidence of a reasonable and necessary self-defense shooting will be there. More often than not our jury system works as it should. Sometimes even the (often one sided) grand jury system works as it should too! “A jury of your peers” is a great idea.
Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas
About Bob Irwin
The writer is the owner of The Gun Store in Las Vegas and has a gun talk radio show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” Firedup is now on KSHP 1400 am radio from 5 to 6 pm on Thursdays and at the same time also on YouTube “Fired Up with Bob Irwin.