Latest on Discharge of a Firearm within Town Limits

Here is the Garner PD press release on the recent shooting incident.

It’s been a crazy day. I’ve received emails from the Town Council, had a long sit down conversation with the Town Manager in his office, been interviewed by NBC17’s Jackie Faye, and just got a phone call from the Mayor.

I’m still a little upset about the poor reportage out of NBC17 in the original report. I am, however, pretty proud of the Garner Town government. They’ve been really polite and helpful throughout. I will still be at the Town Council meeting on July 5th, but I’ll be there to thank them for how well they have handled the situation.

UPDATE: The video of me getting interviewed is posted here

9 responses to “Latest on Discharge of a Firearm within Town Limits

  1. “In this case that exemption does not apply because Mr. Whitaker was not on his property and was not defending himself or his property.”

    Hmmm…

    “The provisions of this section shall not be construed to prohibit the lawful discharge of a firearm by any lawful officer in the discharge of his duty or by any person in the lawful defense of persons and property.”

    I don’t see anything in the ordinance that restricts the exemption to defending one’s own property, or to performing such defense on one’s own property. It would appear that defending someone else’s property, no matter where you are, is allowed.

    He may have a valid defense. (IANAL, etc.)

  2. Sounds like you were a victim of the crap that passes for journalism in this day and age. It’s to the point now that nearly everything posing as news is suspect.

  3. Eric Dailey

    Thanks for the good update. I’m following this story. I’ll stand by for further.

  4. Thanks for the update. I find it interesting that News17 just simply update the story at that URL without a mention that they had completely changed the whole story — they even left yesterday’s date on it!

    If this is what passes for journalism these days, the press had better start worrying about losing their First Amendment right!

  5. ALL charges were dismissed!!!!!!!!

  6. All charges were dismissed on Perry Whitaker. It was clear cut self defense case!

  7. Good to hear. Do you have any links? Is it possible to speak with Mr. Whittaker? Email me with any details.

    Sorry for the delay in posting. I have the blog set up to automatically require permission before it posts any comments to posts older than 2 weeks.