By Brandon Curtis
As your mother probably advised, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Also, keep your temper in check.
Police say that 42-year-old Patrick Brown had bought a Range Rover recently, and was approached by 39-year-old Darnell Brown (no relation) who made fun of his new purchase. An argument began and at some point and Patrick drew a gun and pointed it at Darnell.
Darnell, who was with his family at the time, became angered by the show of aggression. Things only got worse from there.
From KSL.com . . .
Patrick Brown then drove away from the parking lot and Darnell Brown followed. At the intersection of 4500 S. State, Patrick Brown “leaned out of his car and threatened to shoot Darnell if he kept following him,” the charges state.
Darnell Brown then took a picture of the back of Patrick Brown’s SUV with his phone before hitting it with his own vehicle, according to the charges, and then got out (of) his vehicle and yelled at Patrick Brown to “get out and fight him.”
Patrick Brown made a U-turn with his Range Rover, “pulled up next to Darnell and shot him once in the head and then fired a couple more times at their vehicle before driving away,” the charges say.
Darnell did not survive. Police eventually caught up with Patrick thanks to the photos that Darnell had taken of the vehicle during the incident.
Patrick was arrested and charged with murder, two counts of discharging a firearm causing serious injury, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and discharge of a firearm. His “restrictions” stems from convictions for bank robbery and aggravated assault in Alabama.
The fact is, as Heinlein famously wrote, an armed society is a polite society. For the most part. This has been born out over the last 30 years as violent crime cratered while the number of civilian guns doubled.
Still, there are some lessons to be learned here:
- Don’t get confrontational
- Don’t chase after someone
- Don’t go looking for a fight
- Keep your ego in check
- Keep your temper in check
- Know that some people will, in fact, shoot you dead
Of course, this incident could have been avoided entirely if things had been handled differently on one or both sides. We help to choose our paths in life, and I, like most gun owners, choose paths that don’t put me in clear danger.
This article was originally published at concealednation.org and is reprinted here with permission.