“’She had no duty to retreat,’ said Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh. ‘You don’t have to wait to find out whether or not this is a real gun or not, and she was acting not only out of her own defense, but the defense of those two children.’” Berosh is talking about an unnamed Aliquippa, Pennsyvania woman who was driving and noticed Cameron White sauntering down the street with what she thought was a sawed off shotty. She dialed 5-0, but noticed that he was headed toward a couple of yoots on their bikes and decided she had to take action . . .
According to cbslocal.com, Ms. Motorist figured her only choice was to punch it.
“She thought he was going to do something to them, so she yelled out of her car window, ‘Hey, they’re just kids, leave them alone,’” said Detective Sgt. Steven Roberts, of the Aliquippa Police Department. “He turned and pointed this at her, and she thought it was a real weapon and that she was about to be shot or that the kids were in danger, so she gunned her car and struck him.”
Wait! How did she know he was up to no good? Open carry’s legal in the Keystone State. Could he have been just a dood exercising his right to haul iron? Could this have been the case of a needless freak-out at the sight of a gun?
Aliquippa’s finest, after some sleuthing, figure he was really on his way to knock over a nearby Circle K with what turned out to be an airsoft gun. Instead he ended up spending some quality time in the ER having his ear sewn back on the side of his head.
The whole thing looks like the woman came a hair’s breadth from a charge of vehicular manslaughter. The moral of the story is, as with a gun, be sure of your target. And while in most cases a firearm makes an almost ideal self defense tool, a 2500 lb. land barge doing 30 mph can do in a pinch.