An Ohio man is hospitalized and facing criminal charges after calling 911 to report that he’d been shot. He neglected to tell 911 that he’d been shot while breaking into a house, but luckily the homeowner had already called the police himself to report the shooting. This case illustrates the critical importance of being the first party to call 911 after a DGU . . .
Police say 21 year-old Randy Estrada called 911 early last Thursday morning and told Toledo police that he’d been shot in the leg while walking on the sidewalk. He didn’t mention anything about a burglary, but the police already knew. Homeowner Antione Garrett had just called 911 himself to report that he’d fired multiple shots at an intruder breaking into his home on a nearby street.
EMTs picked up Estrada and took him to the hospital while police investigated the shooting. By the end of the day Thursday they had charged Estrada with burglary. As of Friday press time Estrada was still getting patched up, but would likely be arrested and brought before a judge as soon as he was released from hospital.
I’d love to know how the police put the clues together: did Estrada leave a blood trail? Did the bullet in his leg match the bullets in Garrett’s walls? Few details have been released, but the Toledo Blade will have them as they emerge.
Mr. Garrett may not have been a great shot, but his marksmanship was adequate and he did everything else basically right: he defended himself lawfully, he didn’t try to capture or kill Estrada after the threat was ended, and he called 911 promptly. If the worst happens and you’re forced to do as he did, remember to call 911 before your assailant does.