You’re filling up your car at a local gas station, when a man (who doesn’t seem to be quite right in the head) with an umbrella and a knife starts making sexual advances towards you. If you’re the 23 year old Houston, Texas resident pictured above, that’s the point at which you pop your trunk and pull out the rifle stashed next to the spare tire. Everything up to this point is pretty cut and dried “self defense,” but some of her actions have police asking some questions . . .
Naturally, the local Houston stations are salivating over the idea that this might be an applicable case of “stand your ground” laws being actually used in Texas to kill someone. And while we could argue all day long about whether she could have simply got in her car and rolled away (or whether that would have made her vulnerable to an attack from the armed lunatic) the fact is that she believed that her life was in danger and took the shot.
On that fact, I completely believe her. In the video, the armed lunatic in question was clearly aware of the fact that she had just produced a rifle form her trunk, and the woman had told him multiple times to go away. And yet, he lunged at her. That’s the third leg of the “deadly force” stool completed — means, opportunity and an overt act of aggression.
And yet, as always, the family of the victim maintains that the knife-weilding man in the video who clearly attacked the woman “is harmless, he’s harmless and he wouldn’t have hurt her. He wouldn’t have hurt nobody. She just didn’t know him, you know. Because if she’d have known my brother, she’d have known that Poochie wouldn’t have hurt nobody.” And yet…
Issues start when she grabs the rifle from the trunk. Reports indicate that she may have fired a “warning shot,” something that some people see as a necessity but is in fact very, very illegal. On that alone, she may be facing some criminal charges.
But after the shooting was over, did she stick around? Did she call the cops? Nope. She took a picture of the man, bleeding out on the sidewalk, with her phone. And then drove away.
I’m not advocating sticking around if you’re in bat country, but at least contacting the police is a good idea if you’ve just left someone rapidly approaching room temperature. In this case, the police had to track her down using her license plate from the security video.
Pro tip: if you kill someone, let the police know.
There are a couple things that make this a less-than-textbook case of self defense with a firearm, but at the end of the day that’s one less knife-weilding attacker in the city of Houston.