Again, we’re going to skip the fake news write-up lampooning the media’s general need to ensure that a gun use is portrayed only in a negative light, it’s been a long day. So, let’s just skip right to the incident.
A 5 AM knock on the door is not, generally, a good thing. Either it’s the police with bad news about a loved one, a SWAT team with the wrong address about to make their own doorway if you don’t open up in the next 3 seconds, or trouble.
This time, it was trouble. This morning’s trouble just took the form of Charles Harris II, 42, of Booneville, Harris’ gun, and two accomplices.
Harris and one of his accomplices, Linda Peters, 36, also of Booneville, left their getaway driver Jamie Farthing, 37, also² of Booneville, in their car and went to knock gently on James Stewart’s door.
At 5 AM on a Tuesday.
Apparently, Harris and Peters’ plan was for Harris to intimidate James into letting them in. This plan was not well thought out.
Realizing that nothing good knocks on the door at 5 in the morning, James grabbed his handgun on his way to the door and, being the nice guy that his is, opened his door to the strangers gently rapping, rapping at his chamber door. T’was dumbasses, nothing more.
On seeing the door open, Harris attempted to deliver his intended intimidation.
Stewart delivered lead, killing Harris and wounding Peters.
Peters, in fear for her life after her attempted armed robbery went belly-up along with her muscle, fled to the getaway car and was driven to the hospital.
Peters and Farthing will be tried for First Degree Robbery. If we, the people are lucky, maybe they’ll catch a murder or manslaughter charge, too. Kentucky doesn’t have a strict Felony Murder Rule (You’re responsible for any deaths occurring while you’re committing a felony, even if you didn’t pull the trigger), but their manslaughter and murder statutes do contain some interesting language:
507.020 Murder. (1) A person is guilty of murder when: (a) With intent to cause the death of another person, he causes the death of such person or of a third person;
507.030 Manslaughter in the first degree. (1) A person is guilty of manslaughter in the first degree when: (a) With intent to cause serious physical injury to another person, he causes the death of such person or of a third person; (b) With intent to cause the death of another person, he causes the death of such person or of a third person under circumstances
507.050 Reckless homicide. (1) A person is guilty of reckless homicide when, with recklessness he causes the death of another person
The problem is, the person who was engaged in the MOST violent and reckless behavior is already dead.
But, that’s neither here nor there. For our purposes, we need to look at James’ actions.
Specifically, let’s look at the fact that James thought ahead. James recognized that an unexpected knock at the door at such a god-awful hour is generally a problem. So, he made sure to bring some protection.
Of course, how could a lot of this have been prevented? By NOT OPENING THE DOOR!
If you have idiots outside your house, clamoring to be let in, LEAVE THEM THERE. Make them work to get at whatever it is they want from your house.
Meanwhile YOU should be on the horn with 9-1-1 (if there’s time), securing your position, and generally bracing for when they eventually make it through your door. This is one of those rare times when, if fleeing the house is impossible (due to, perhaps, suspected attackers outside), that an ambush should be considered.
Find some good cover (or concealment if cover is unavailable) at a choke point or other funnel and wait for them to come to you. If you live in a small house or apartment, that may be just inside the door they’re currently assailing. In a larger house, this may be your bedroom, an office, or someplace with additional doors they will have to work to get through.
They make keep coming for you, but make’em work for it.