“There were recent reports in St. Louis, Missouri, that a 38-year-old woman, while out on a date, got into a violent altercation with her boyfriend,” Las Vegas gun store owner Bob Irwin blogs over at ammoland.com. “She ended up pulling her gun and firing at him to keep him away from her.” Wait. What? You fire at someone only when they pose an imminent credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. Did that apply here? Maybe. Anyway . . .
She returned home, shaken up from the experience that could have been deadly. Though a bullet she fired during the initial altercation reportedly grazed the man, he had also escaped serious injury.
We could discount the fact that she didn’t call the police to report the initial incident as trauma related. Or surmise that there was some alcohol involved. Or that the shooter may have initiated the violent altercation. Or escalated it. Especially as things got weird from there . . .
A short time later, she responded to a knock at her door and saw a man on her front porch who appeared to be a police officer. Shortly after opening the door, however, she realized the man was her boyfriend in disguise.
He was able to escape further injury as he ran away from her home amid a hail of gunfire. The suspect was treated for his injuries and now faces at least a charge of impersonating an officer.
Shooting after a fleeing person is a no-no — unless the citizen in question is kidnapping someone. More than that, it behooves us all to have a reasonable belief that a police officer is a police officer. You are well within your rights not to open the door and call 911 to verify the visitor’s identify. And should never pull over for a cop in a deserted area, especially if you’re a woman.
Anyway, stories like this remind me of an English expression: there’s nought as queer as folk. And I mean that in the non-homophobic, non-hoplohobic sense of the word.