Thursday, September 07, 2006

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

Justice Two Shootings the Brady Bunch Will Call “Children Shot”

Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana - One teen killed in failed robbery attempt The Brady Bunch and other gun fearing weenies don't care the two were shot in self-defense.
Detectives said Nathan Marcus Paul Smith, 16, and Justin Smith, 17, Peru, were armed with a shotgun and a baseball bat, respectively, when they knocked on the door of 19 Southdowns Drive at about 12:30 a.m.

The man inside the home, Michael Slonaker, 61, came to the door armed with a handgun.

Slonaker told police the juvenile holding the shotgun raised it when he opened the door. Slonaker then fired two shots, hitting both juveniles.
The 2 Smiths don't appear to be related.

Nathan Smith was pronounced dead on scene; he managed to stumble into the street. Justin Smith was arrested at a local hospital. A 17-year-old girl, who drove Justin to the hospital, was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Police say this appears to be self-defense.
“The weapons [used by the assailants] were found lying on the ground outside the house, just like Mr. Slonaker indicated,” [Sheriff Marty] Talbert said. “That indicates he was put in fear for his life. Certainly if an individual showed up at my door with a shotgun, I’d protect myself.”
This illustrates an important point, namely that Slonaker went to the door armed. Had he not retrieved his weapon, things would have turned out badly for him. It is better have a gun and not need it, than it is to need one and not have it. [h/t KABA]

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