This morning I posted about an incident where a Mecklinburg County Sheriff’s detention officer took a shot at someone who rear ended him and ran. Well it looks like they decided to charge him.
An off-duty Mecklenburg Sheriff’s detention officer who fired at a vehicle that rear-ended his car Monday has been charged.
(Suspect), who’s been with the sheriff’s office for 13 years, was issued a criminal summons to appear in court for shooting a firearm in the city limits. He’s also charged with an infraction for failure to disclose that he had a valid permit and was carrying a concealed weapon when approached by an officer.
Now I wonder if I’d have got off so lightly, but at least he got charged. You can’t shoot at a fleeing person unless he poses an immediate threat to the lives of innocents.
Police say they located the jeep — a rental vehicle that had been reported stolen — on Monday on Wilkinson Boulevard near Interstate 485. Investigators are still not clear if any of the vehicle’s occupants were struck by gunfire.
Stolen car? That sounds like why they ran. Hopefully they will catch the hit-and-run car thieves. Their explanation should be interesting.
Here’s a thought. If you can’t be charged with failure to register a gun (in states that have gun registries) if you are a felon because that would be a violation of your 5th Amendment right against self incrimination, can you get off on a hit-and-run if your car is stolen? If you stay at the scene, the cops would catch you with a stolen car. Isn’t forcing them to stay at the scene tantamount to forcing them to confess to car theft?
And why is it that criminals always seem to get more rights than decent honest citizens?
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