If you were the police or district attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, would you bring charges against the husband in this story?
A 66 year old woman pulled into her driveway when a 29 year old man showed up at her driver’s door and asked to use her phone. When the woman refused, the man violently yanked her out of the car, throwing her to the ground.
According to the local media azfamily.com:
“The man and woman who live next door saw the suspect walking up to their neighbor and thought something was wrong. The woman went up to the vehicle and opened the passenger’s door.”
“Police say the suspect started to drive away, and the vehicle struck the woman and knocked her to the ground, causing her to receive a head injury.”
“After seeing his wife knocked to the ground, police say her husband fired several shots at the suspect in the vehicle from a handgun he had gotten from inside his house. The suspect fled the area in the vehicle.”
“The neighbor woman was transported and hospitalized for a head injury she received when she fell after being struck by the vehicle. Her injury is believed to be non life-threatening.”
“A short time after the suspect stole the vehicle and fled, police received a call of a single vehicle collision in the area of 24th Street and Thomas. The suspect ran off the roadway in the vehicle and struck a fixed object.”
“The responding officers discovered it was the stolen vehicle and that the driver was the suspect. Police say he had suffered a gunshot wound.”
“He was transported to a local hospital, but later died of his injuries. He has been identified, but the next of kin has not been notified. It will require an autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.”
Other neighbors say they are not surprised that the couple jumped into to help the woman being carjacked. Residents here meet on a regular basis to talk about all sorts of things including security. They even use an app on their phones that links to each other where they can talk about things like needing help, getting together, etc. It’s proof that neighbors working together can help protect each other.
The report continues to say that so far, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office (run by my favorite Sheriff Joe Arpaio) have no plans to file any charges against the husband, even though the suspect was fleeing the scene at the time.
Would you press charges against the husband for shooting at the suspect when he was fleeing the scene?
Some anti-gun communities, counties and states would say that since the suspect posed no immediate threat that there was no cause to use deadly force against him, so they would have already thrown the husband in the jail and charged him with murder or manslaughter. It all depends on where you live and what the laws in your area are so it may be wise to check your laws out just in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
According to Bob Owens with bearingarms.com:
“Be sure to know the laws of your state and the views of your local prosecutors on matters of self-defense. While this seems to be a near open-and-shut case in gun-friendly Arizona, a gun-hating prosecutor in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, or downstate New York would almost certainly consider filing charges against the armed neighbor if they thought they could get away with it.”