Our friends from CSGV with an item from RawStory:
And the story from a slightly better reliable source:
Police in Tucson, Arizona, say a man who had stolen two cases of beer from a convenience store was followed out by witnesses and shot to death after he charged at one of them with a log. Spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Bay said police are investigating and that the Pima County Attorney’s Office will determine whether the shooter, a man who has not been identified, faces charges.
The incident unfolded on Sunday afternoon, when police say 46-year-old Gerald Ramon was seen stealing beer from a convenience store. Several witnesses followed him out to a nearby parking lot. Police said that’s when Ramon picked up a large log, held it over his shoulder and moved toward the man who shot him.
The man hasn’t been charged and may have been acting in self-defense, police said. He remained at the scene and cooperated with police
So it was not quite the posse of rednecks chasing down and hanging Jean Valjean after he stole a loaf a bread to feed the hungry kids in Peru. Although I would let the sucker go if I were a bystander (Done it before) one has to wonder if the shooter might have been the store owner (instead of a manager or clerk) who saw sweat and time invested in his store being stolen.
In any case, Gerald Ramon appears to have escalated the situation by picking up a weapon and threaten the shooter. Dumb move, specially if you live in Arizona or any of the Free States of the Union. He played the proverbial Stupid Game, upped the ante and won the Stupid Prize.
And as a reminder:
Your number one philosophy for personal security should be a life long commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
Avoidance: The act of avoiding or keeping away from (Three Stupid Rule.) If you can safely retreat from the encounter, by all means do so. For instance, if you are out for a walk and feel threatened or intimidated by an occupant of a car, you should retreat in the opposite direction that the car is traveling.
Deterrence: The act of discouraging someone from taking hostile action against you by being aware of them and their possible intent.
De-escalation: The act of decreasing in intensity. To not let your ego or emotions get the best of you, to refrain from escalating the problem into more than it already is. As a CCW you may need to back down from non-life threatening, argumentative encounters in order to not allow things to spiral out of control.
When these things do not work, then and only then may you need to show or use the gun. Just because we are carrying does not mean that we need to use the gun. You want to do whatever is reasonably possible to avoid using the gun. But when your well researched, well thought out “line in the sand” has been crossed you need to act without hesitation.
Roger Phillips, Suarez International Specialist Instructor.
I should post this the first of every month.