one for the books?

Whoa there.  Hold on a minute. What the heck is it with this? Is it some kind of weird joke I just don’t get?

Another one of those articles I ran across while looking for something else.

Scrolling through past headlines at the Mail looking for an important story I managed to lose a day or two ago, I found this bizarre story with origins in the USA.

I do not recall seeing it here at BMEWS, nobody has mentioned it that I’ve seen, and so I stopped my search for the other to share this.
If anyone reading has an update, let us know. It’s 5am where I am and I plan on shutting down after this post.

Neighbor who shot dead pit bull mauling 11-year-old boy could face charges

Dateline USA

By Daily Mail Reporter

A man who fatally shot a pit bull as it viciously attacked an 11-year-old boy with two other dogs could face charges for violating Washington D.C.’s gun laws.

The young boy, who has not been identified, was riding a new bike on his home street in the Brightwood neighbourhood on Sunday when he collided with a pack of unattended pit bulls.

The dogs immediately began attacking him, sinking their teeth into his arms, legs, stomach and chest, and leaving him in need of surgery.

A neighbour, who has also not been identified, witnessed the attack, ran into his home and grabbed his handgun to shoot at the dogs, the Washington Times reported.

A police officer who heard the gun shots raced to the scene and shot the other two dogs, stopping the attack, a police report noted.

While he may have saved the life of the boy - who later underwent surgery on his wounds - the man could face charges for firing his gun on a D.C. street, rather than on his personal property.

If authorities do charge the man, he could face up to a year behind bars and a $1,000 fine.

The man who had left his dogs unattended was cited for failing to leash his dogs and for ‘menacing people’ which could carry a total of just $175 in fines.

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Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 01/27/2013 at 05:03 AM   
  1. Nothing more on this story yet that I could find; the news sources are all parroting each other.

    Posted by Argentium G. Tiger    Canada   01/27/2013  at  01:53 PM  
  2. I think it’s safe to say that after the “Gregory” incident the DA will be a bit more hesitant to charge this guy and others like him for awhile.Bad PR is a career killer in DC for an attorney of any stripe.
    But we shall see.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   01/27/2013  at  08:59 PM  
  3. Rich K. beat me to the david gregory aspect of this.  If david gregory can walk and face no charges, the man that SAVED the little boy from being killed by dogs shouldn’t have to worry, either.  All who you know…

    Posted by BT in SC    United States   01/27/2013  at  10:22 PM  
  4. The political implications of the Gregory incident are interesting, but not entirely on point. 

    The man with the gun saved the boy’s life and/or limbs.  He used his gun in a completely appropriate manner for the defense of the boy.

    That the prosecutor would even consider criminal charges against him is obscene. 

    I find it greatly disturbing that prosecutors seem much more interested in notching up criminal convictions than pursuing justice. 

    Gregory walked because, let’s face it, there are enough shield laws that allow reporters to skim the edges of the law that prosecuting him would have been a dubious proposition at best.  Beyond that, the sum total of what can actually be proven is that he held up an object on TV that appeared to be a high capacity magazine.  It could have been a carved and painted piece of wood for all we actually know.  Between the shield laws, the allowance of even fully automatic firearms in various media and movie settings and the lack of definitive proof that the object was a high capacity magazine, any competent attorney could have gotten the charges against Gregory dismissed.

    Posted by Dr. Jeff    United States   01/29/2013  at  10:38 PM  
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