Monday, August 24, 2009

Burglars should think twice: Home owners are armed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM

In Charlotte and Tabor City two would be burglars learned the hard way that some people take the right to bear arms seriously.

But will the justice system punish these men who protected their houses? Should either of these men face charges?

Let's start with what happened in the Queen City. According to the Charlotte Observer, a 76-year-old man allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old robbery suspect.

Legal experts say the decision of whether to charge a 76-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a 15-year-old robbery suspect will hinge on many factors, primarily whether the man thought his life was in danger.

The issue is complicated by the fact that the shooting happened away from the house, after the robbers had left.

The robbery happened Saturday afternoon of W.T. Harris Boulevard. Three teens, including the one who was later killed broke into the man's home, tied him and his wife up and according to the Observer, got away with jewelry, a black wallet, cash, a .38 revolver and a gold Masonic ring.

Was that worth the life of a teenager or during the course of the robbery, did the teens threaten to come back do something else to the family?

The teenagers ran from the house on Grier Road, police said. The man freed himself, had his wife call 911, and drove after them, police said.

When he caught up with them on Ginger Lane, about two-tenths of a mile from the house, police say he shot and killed Fluker.

It seems as if something forced this man to take the law into his hands and follow the people who'd violated him and his wife. It had to be more than the Masonic ring.

Also making news this morning is the state senator who shot a would-be intruder.

State Sen. R.C. Soles apparently shot a would-be intruder at his home outside Tabor City around 5 p.m. Sunday, a local official said.

Kyle Blackburn was transported to an S.C. hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Rex Gore, district attorney for Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties.

Blackburn was accompanied by another man, B.J. Wright, a former client of Soles, who is a lawyer. Wright was released from prison this month after serving time for probation violation, Gore said.

This case is a lot stranger than the Charlotte case because there are allegations against Soles that makes you wonder if this was a robbery or something else.

The SBI already has been looking into allegations by another former Soles client that Soles fondled the man 12 years ago. The man, 27-year-old Stacey Scott, recanted the allegation last week, days after it was broadcast on a TV news report.

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