“TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was walking toward his off-campus house at 5:50 a.m. when he was jumped by three suspects, including one who used a semi-automatic pistol to strike Fields on top of his head,” espn.go.com reports. Hmmm. Shouldn’t the 2012 AP Big 12 defensive player of the year have been fast asleep at the time, instead of returning from God-knows-where at the crack of dawn? Here’s the play-by-play: “He was then pushed into his house, where he was . . .
beaten and robbed, before the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Fields was taken back outside and had his life threatened, according to the police report. Fields, 20, told police he then grabbed the arm of one of the suspects and five shots were fired, including one that went into a home across the street, where the bullet was later collected by police.
Five shots eh? That’s a lot of shots for a grabbed arm to fire. And now the salient facts . . .
Fields has declined to press charges . . . After initially consenting, Fields later told officers that he didn’t want them to search his home.
Putting two and two together, a clever man might begin to wonder if Mr. Fields was involved in some sort of criminal enterprise involving his attackers and/or their associates. Even so, courts have consistently ruled that criminals have the same right to armed self-defense as you or I – even if their gun rights have been removed or they’re packing heat in contravention of local carry laws. So . . .
Should this have been a defensive gun use? Sure. Only this one’s better marked “Should have had a clue.” Oh, and if you find yourself in a place where two of the three stupids are checked (place, people and/or activity), it’s time to leave. [h/t BH]