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Posted: 7/6/2002 7:09:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2002 7:16:24 PM EDT by jrzy]
About 6 years ago i had to defend my house and wife and kids with the use of a gun ,I was arrested and released on my own with no bail and it went in front of the grand jury,I was given the option to testify in my own defense in front of the grand jury ,my lawyer told me not to,he said it was a trap,the prosecutor told me he could indict a ham sandwhich if he wanted and told me "you have to know when someone is trying to help you" So against my lawyers advice i went and told them what happened and two detecives also testified on my behalf and i was not indicted. The guy came to our house and threated my whole family with a loaded gun,we didn't even know this guy,it turned out he had the wrong house. It also turned out that from what the prosecutor told me i could have killed this guy in self defense,we had no way to retreat,the only thing that saved us that day was my younger son flying up the stairs at my request and handing me a shotgun as he came back down, as the scumbag was pulling out his pistol from his waistban he heard me rack the shotgun and you should have seen his face turn white,he released the grip he had on the butt of the pistol as i took the play out of the trigger,if he had made one more move ,he would have been cut in half,he was only 20 feet from me at that point. Now how and why "I" was arrested is still a mystery to me,but the system worked for me that day and the riight guy went to jail(10 years) As it turned out he was on parol for armed robbery and pistol whipping an old lady,good thing for him i didn't know that on that day,other wise he would have been gone in a heart beat. I think he is coming up for parol this year and that is what made me revisit this memory.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 7:16:19 PM EDT
In your own f'ing house?!? Who made the decision to take this to the grand jury rather than just patting you on the back for your restraint and sending you on your way? Was it the DA? I'd have done everything in my power to see to it that he was voted out in the next election. I'm glad you all came through it relatively unscathed.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 7:20:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Jarhead_22: In your own f'ing house?!? Who made the decision to take this to the grand jury rather than just patting you on the back for your restraint and sending you on your way? Was it the DA? I'd have done everything in my power to see to it that he was voted out in the next election. I'm glad you all came through it relatively unscathed.
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Look at what state he's from jar....
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 7:23:19 PM EDT
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Jarhead_22 The police caught the guy 2 blocks from our house and he told them i pointed a rifle at him,they came back to our house and asked me if this was true ,still being a little shook up from the incident i said ,hell yeah i pointed a gun at him he was yelling that he was going to kill us all and grabbed a gun in his belt. They took my shotgun and placed me under arrest, teh captain at the police dept. asked why in the hell was i under arrest and one of the cops said he didn't know either. So they all got on dif. phones trying to reach a judge so i could go home with out any bail,thank God that got one who was in agreement that i should not have been charged in the first place,I guess once the charges are typed up and you are arrested things have to follow some sort of weird path.
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Originally Posted By VA-gunnut: I will say that you got lucky. In 99% of the cases you would be better off not testifying before the Grand Jury. The DA only had to prove that you pointed a gun to get the indictment. You going and testifying only helped prove his case. The Grand Jury doesn't determine guilt or innocence, it only determines if the DA has enough evidence to support the charge and for it to go to trial. He must not of pushed for the indictment to hard, I am glad that it all worked out for you in the end.
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VA-gunnut They had all the witnesses they needed that i pointed the gun at the guy,so what did i have to lose? He could have gotten the indictment with or withouit me there,right? He told me point blank he was trying to help me out and i looked into his face and i beileved him becuase he had nothing to gain by lying to me. But as it turns out NJ law allows you to use equal deadly force to meet deadly force. The scumbag that started this said and I quote "I'll kill you and your whole family right now mother fucker" as he was attempting to pull a loaded gun from his belt. That was what made the force i almost had to use legal,the fact there was no way to retreat and what he said and had the ability to do.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:03:44 PM EDT
You know they never gave me back my shotgun :(
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:07:54 PM EDT
go fight to get it back!! its probly still in police storage cuz you never came to claim it.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:10:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: But as it turns out NJ law allows you to use equal deadly force to meet deadly force. That was what made the force i almost had to use legal,the fact there was no way to retreat and what he said and had the ability to do.
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Nope. NJ law says that you must retreat if it is possible. The DA could have argued that you could have retreated upstairs and could have fled the house via a backdoor or window. You are a lucky man. NJ is long on law and short on common sense. Where I am from, LA, we can shoot a heathen for being in our yard or approaching our car funny. Hmm, maybe that is why we don't have car-jackings anymore.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:18:25 PM EDT
Glad everything worked out for you, can you testify to keep him locked up? Where in NJ were you living at the time?
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:18:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By poikilotrm:
Originally Posted By jrzy: But as it turns out NJ law allows you to use equal deadly force to meet deadly force. That was what made the force i almost had to use legal,the fact there was no way to retreat and what he said and had the ability to do.
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Nope. NJ law says that you must retreat if it is possible. The DA could have argued that you could have retreated upstairs and could have fled the house via a backdoor or window. You are a lucky man. NJ is long on law and short on common sense. Where I am from, LA, we can shoot a heathen for being in our yard or approaching our car funny. Hmm, maybe that is why we don't have car-jackings anymore.
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I don't know about what the law says now and i know we could not have retreated that day and they knew it to,I think you are wrong ,we do not have to retreat like the law in virgina and other places,i just tried to look it up and couldn't find that anywhere ,can you tell me where you got that from so i can read it? There was a case in north jersey a few years back where a guy tried to kick open the door to kill this guys daughter and the father killed the guy where he stood on the front step armed with a 38. The father blasted through the front door with a shotgun and the guy died on the spot. Once the threat to kill is made and the perp has the ability at hand to do it ,the law says you can use deadly force.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:20:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:22:34 PM EDT
My buddy from Berkely Heights has been railing about that stupid duty to retreat thing for the past two years now. He is in a real hurry to get a new job and leave NJ to the wolves and the sheep. There is such a law. Call and ask a firearms instructor or go to the deadly force portion of NJ's state law.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:26:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: Now how and why "I" was arrested is still a mystery to me,but the system worked for me that day and the riight guy went to jail(10 years) As it turned out he was on parol for armed robbery and pistol whipping an old lady,good thing for him i didn't know that on that day,other wise he would have been gone in a heart beat. I think he is coming up for parol this year and that is what made me revisit this memory.
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No, the system might have worked from your viewpoint; but did it really?. The real mystery here is why this POS is out in 10 years or less, when he should be serving a minimum of 25 years to life.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:29:18 PM EDT
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VA-gunnut Thanks for the link and you know what i was on firm ground. And you wanna know something else ,I don't care what the "law" says here or anywhere for that matter it didn't enter into my mind that day and it wont matter if someone trys to kill my family or me,I live by whats right and not what some idiots who never even held a gun say is right or wrong. The law couldn't protect me that day and it can not protect you on most days ,you have to protect you and your ,no one else can. The best way to say it is this, It is better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6!
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:47:29 PM EDT
If you want to be a moral man be prepared to haul ass. The state hates men with morals.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:54:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By VA-gunnut: [red](2)The use of deadly force is not justifiable under this section unless the actor reasonably believes that such force is necessary to protect himself against death or serious bodily harm; nor is it justifiable if: (b)The actor knows that he can avoid the necessity of using such force with complete safety by retreating or by surrendering possession of a thing to a person asserting a claim of right thereto or by complying with a demand that he abstain from any action which he has no duty to take, except that:[/red]
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So in order to retreat, you would have to know that "he can avoid the neccesity of using such force with complete safety by retreating" Well unless you are psychic you could never know that when you retreat the other person wouldn't pursue and continue the attack. Also what is "complete safety"? Very few residential structures offer cover from gunfire. The attacker could shoot thrugh a wall/door/window and kill you just as dead as you are retreating.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 8:57:51 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:08:39 PM EDT
No I was considering how I would apply a law such as that before making a decision to arrest someone for using a weapon to defend themselves.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:09:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:14:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Citabria7GCBC: go fight to get it back!! its probly still in police storage cuz you never came to claim it.
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[b]Riiiiiight![/b] [rolleyes] [img]http://www.canada.expo2000.gc.ca/images/Gunsculpture.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:14:45 PM EDT
On a side note I'm not so sure about this story. Most State's have Statutes empowering/limiting police arrest powers. Then right after that most of them have an "un-arrest" Statute. Meaning if an officer investigates an incident and has PC to arrest a subject, they may choose to do so. But if after the arrest the PC is diminised or disapears altogether, the officer has a DUTY to release that subject.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:15:52 PM EDT
If I lived in that state, after it was all over , I'd tell New Jersey to STICK IT UP THEIR FUCKING ASS and move from that shithole.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:17:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:18:52 PM EDT
Interesting about the "retreat" clause. I would imagine that if a person is making threatening remarks, or gestures (especially if you are armed with a concealed firearm and he is not visibly so) you could be expected to retreat to prevent escalation. However, the moment a firearm is presented, a good defense attorney could make mincemeat out of the requirement to retreat--most people cannot outrun a bullet.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:23:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tatjana:
Originally Posted By jrzy: Jarhead_22 The police caught the guy 2 blocks from our house and he told them i pointed a rifle at him,they came back to our house and asked me if this was true ,still being a little shook up from the incident i said ,hell yeah i pointed a gun at him he was yelling that he was going to kill us all and grabbed a gun in his belt. They took my shotgun and placed me under arrest, teh captain at the police dept. asked why in the hell was i under arrest and one of the cops said he didn't know either. So they all got on dif. phones trying to reach a judge so i could go home with out any bail,thank God that got one who was in agreement that i should not have been charged in the first place,I guess once the charges are typed up and you are arrested things have to follow some sort of weird path.
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Always- ALWAYS be the first person to call the LEOs after an incident where you have to show a weapon. Always.
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My wife had called the police a good 5 minutes before we knew the guy had a gun and the 911 operator had told my wife to keep the phone line open,they heard me tell my son to get the shotgun and heard me say to the guy that he didn't need that gun he was showing,he had lifted his shirt up and was in the process of telling us he could and would kill us all. That may have helped the responce time ,but it still seemed like a loooooooooong time for them to get there,he heard the sirens right after he heard and saw the racking of the shotgun and took off up the street where he was arrested at gun point by the police. One of my highschool friends who is a police officer and was enroute to my house told me later that one of the first officers to respond was stopped a block from my house and was waiting for back up and that he was called on this by the Lt. for it,I think it might have been the right thing to do ,not knowing how many people at the seen have guns and walking into something that might get you killed. I wouldn't have waited but i'm not a cop. sometimes i have more guts than smarts :)
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:26:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By tatjana: Always- ALWAYS be the first person to call the LEOs after an incident where you have to show a weapon. Always.
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Also if they are so bad that you need to "fill your hand" ro deal with them the Constabulary may want to have a talk with them.............. If you had that meeting and instead of the cops finding him Mr Felon wandered down the street and injured or killed another person after you encountered him, How would you feel?? Would you have done your duty as a citizen to watch out for your fellow citiznes? The shotgun protected you, but it didn't really solve the problem, Mr. Felon out loose, from the larger perspective.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:26:43 PM EDT
Ugh, did you ever think about a civil suit for false arrest and imprisionment? What a bunch of benny hill cops! You know some people are alive simply because it's illegal to kill them. There ought to be a law against being liberal and stupid. In fact, make it a capital offense. Boy, what a world!
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:30:17 PM EDT
Benny Hill was funny. Fascist cops aren't.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:30:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2002 9:35:56 PM EDT by jrzy]
Originally Posted By OLY-M4gery: On a side note I'm not so sure about this story. Most State's have Statutes empowering/limiting police arrest powers. Then right after that most of them have an "un-arrest" Statute. Meaning if an officer investigates an incident and has PC to arrest a subject, they may choose to do so. But if after the arrest the PC is diminised or disapears altogether, the officer has a DUTY to release that subject.
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Yeah in a perfect world thats how it would be, in the state of NJ they have the attitude that arrest them all and let the courts sort it out. You know they all acted like they never unarrested anyone before,maybe they never did,I was down there at the police station for 5 hours before i was released. I was just glad i was going home to be with my wife and kids that night.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:34:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/6/2002 9:37:36 PM EDT by jrzy]
Originally Posted By OLY-M4gery:
Originally Posted By tatjana: Always- ALWAYS be the first person to call the LEOs after an incident where you have to show a weapon. Always.
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Also if they are so bad that you need to "fill your hand" ro deal with them the Constabulary may want to have a talk with them.............. If you had that meeting and instead of the cops finding him Mr Felon wandered down the street and injured or killed another person after you encountered him, How would you feel?? Would you have done your duty as a citizen to watch out for your fellow citiznes? The shotgun protected you, but it didn't really solve the problem, Mr. Felon out loose, from the larger perspective.
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Ok so now what ,you wanted me to follow the guy down the street and what ,shoot him? I did my job and duty as a father and husband,I protected my own and the threat left. It's easy for some to say i should have done this or that ,the fact is it all happens so fast that i was glad i reacted the way i always thought i would and didn't blink.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:41:55 PM EDT
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you 18? I believe I remember reading that you were 18, or 19. You have a wife and kids??????? Something doesn't add up here...
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:47:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By leo6223: Ugh, did you ever think about a civil suit for false arrest and imprisionment? What a bunch of benny hill cops! You know some people are alive simply because it's illegal to kill them. There ought to be a law against being liberal and stupid. In fact, make it a capital offense. Boy, what a world!
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False arrest means there was no legal basis for the arrest. That would be tough to prove since this went to a Grand Jury. ' This is an application of law to a situation, thing that didn't quite work out. Technically several States would call it brandishing a weapon. Most people though would say armed guy, saying he will kill you...... it may technically be brandishing, but it was just courtesy to let the lad(Mr. Felon) know what he was in for........ Also as a practical matter, if he threatend you, and was arrested, and you were also arrested. How much more difficult does it make to prove the case against Mr Felon, since the homeowner could decide not to testify against Mr Felon because he might be incriminating himself in an assualt with a deadly weapon charge. Then again perhaps that is what the prosecutor was setting up. Mr Homeowner was taken before a Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury felt that no crime was commited by Mr Homeowner. If the Prosecutor hadn't done that the defense atty., for Mr Felon, could have brought up the Mr Homeowners possible crime that the police/prosecutor ignored, in order to RAILROAD MY CLIENT I demand an investigation, and beseech the jury to site my client free.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:48:48 PM EDT
Why haven't you gotten your gun back? Just haven't claimed it ?? [wacko] or did they give you a hard time about it? [jack-booted-thug] (we need a good [JBT] smiley)
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 9:51:45 PM EDT
Jrzy, when I made my comment about the phone call to the Constabulary, you hadn't revealed that you in fact had a family member call 911 when the BG was at your house. You just said the cops picked him up half a block away, not saying who called or why the cops found him. No chasing him down the street would be bad.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:20:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By anti-gov-tinfoil-man: Why haven't you gotten your gun back? Just haven't claimed it ?? [wacko] or did they give you a hard time about it? [jack-booted-thug] (we need a good [JBT] smiley)
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They told me they needed the weapon incase the defense lawyer for the scumbag brought it into question and when the trial was over i would get it back,I guess i never followed up on it and i was never called to testify because he took a deal.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:21:24 PM EDT
I probably would have shot him without thinking about the statutes/law. If he's in my house he's dead.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:29:50 PM EDT
im with WB, the cops would have found a dead man on my porch with a pistol in his hand. i applaud you though. it took a lot of courage NOT to pull that trigger
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:30:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ComputerGuy: Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you 18? I believe I remember reading that you were 18, or 19. You have a wife and kids??????? Something doesn't add up here...
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Me? I'm 46 and when i was 18 (1973 ) i was in the navy ,did my boot at greatlakes,want my ID.I'm One of the Admins At [url]http://www.hardcoretalk.com/[/url] I have a son who is 24 and is an FFL and if you want more proof ask FMjunkie from here he has been to my home and met me. And I have talked with several memebers here when doing deals.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:37:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DvlDog: im with WB, the cops would have found a dead man on my porch with a pistol in his hand. i applaud you though. it took a lot of courage NOT to pull that trigger
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You know the one very important thing i learned that day? It was the fact on that day i fould out i could pull the trigger if i had to ,he came close that day and was only a hairs breath away from me pulling the trigger and i knew at that moment that i would if he cleared his waistban with that pistol i would have killed him where he stood,scary and good feeling at the same time,when i look back on this whole thing ,i see it in a strange way ,like it's not me or in tunnel vision,it's a very weird thing and hard to discribe. And as many people who i talked to about simular things that happened to them it's something you have to experiance to know the feeling.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 10:42:00 PM EDT
This reminded me of long a forgotten action. My wife. Yes my own wife, had me arrested! For...... assault with a dead weapon [;)]
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 11:16:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By liberty86: Look at what state he's from jar....
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Um... YUP!
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 11:24:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By jrzy: I have a son who is 24 and is an FFL.
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Whereabouts? I am looking for a NJ FFL to do some transfers. Thanks.
Link Posted: 7/6/2002 11:55:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RBAD:
Originally Posted By jrzy: I have a son who is 24 and is an FFL.
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Whereabouts? I am looking for a NJ FFL to do some transfers. Thanks.
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Check your PM or IM as we call them here
Link Posted: 7/7/2002 12:07:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By WhiskeyBravo: I probably would have shot him without thinking about the statutes/law. If he's in my house he's dead.
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Same here, I think in the "fog" of things, like your own personal survival, I doubt that I would say to the perp, "Time out, hold it while I consult the state penal on what is a justified shooting or not." The difference between you living and die would have been over in a few seconds. The people who write these stupid laws are lawyers, and have no understanding what is happening in the real world. Ugh!!! I HATE LAWYERS!
Link Posted: 7/7/2002 6:50:32 AM EDT
I've said it before and I'll say it again, ad infinitum. Fuck New Jersey. It's no place for a non-sheep to live. I grew up in Bernardsville, and I couldn't get the hell out of there fast enough. QS
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