Pa. Patriot wrote:
Citizens arrest is legal in many if not most states.
I wonder what LEO 229 would say about the OP's handling of this incident? Specifically, HardChrome's
pointing a gun in the general direction of and atthe unarmedperp.
Would LEO 229 have also congratulated HardChrome for a job well done asat least 7 Hampton or Newport News LEOs did?
I could care less what leo229 would think in this situation. If it was me I would have pointed my gun at the unarmed perp (Does this really matter or do you know if he is armed at this point?) and not in the general direction. He is my target, might as well have him in the sights and not try to acqiure him if it all goes to hell.
Well, since you asked...
You have a guy peeping in your windows and you go out to engage him with a gun?
So let me see if I have it right... we have a person we do not knowwhocould be armed with a weapon. He has not attempted to gain entry to the residenceand was only observed outside the exterior.We have no idea why he is even there.
You have called the police and provided a detailed description of the person and they are on the way. He starts to walk away creating a safer environment for you and your family. He has notcaused any harm to any persons or property.
You go outsideyour home and instead of just reporting where he is going... you decide toconfront the person. Hehas committed a very petty crime at best and youdecide to risk getting into a gunfight and being killed.
To me... you needlessly placed yourself into a possibly deadly situation.
What you did not know is that there was a secondguy there too playing lookout andhe shoots you in the back.
You would probably be the same guy that has a gun in the bank during an armed bank robbery and decides to take the robber out only to get shot and killed by the accomplice that was playing customer in line.
IMO..... There is a time to confront the bad guy and it is not when your in a safe position. As a last resort.... should you jump into the fire unless you must.