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Home invasion during a tornado

BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior MemberPosts: 4,484 Senior Member
So here is a what would you do if someone busts down your door with a twist, it was during a tornado warning, but it could be a tornado, hurricane or thunderstorm and I think I would react the same. I would have done the same thing in this case. Cops ain't coming during a tornado.

http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2014/04/tuscaloosa_man_dies_after_bein.html

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- The 24-year-old man who was shot after allegedly breaking into a Tuscaloosa apartment Monday night died Tuesday morning, homicide investigators have confirmed.

Sgt. Dale Phillips, the commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit, said the victim, Darius Williams, was at the Aspen Village apartment complex on 48th Street East late Monday night while a tornado warning was in effect for the area.

Phillips said Williams became highly erratic and acted deranged, then got into a verbal altercation with someone at one of the apartments. According to Phillips, Williams then tried to get into an apartment two doors down from his own residence. The people inside told him to go away and kept the front door locked, but Williams persisted and eventually made his way to the back of the apartment, where he banged on the door then forced his way inside.

Phillips said the 36-year-old homeowner inside felt threatened by Williams and shot him one time in the stomach with a shotgun blast then called the police.

Williams was unarmed at the time of the shooting, but Phillips said his behavior caused the homeowner to feel his life was in danger and prompted him to pull the trigger.

Williams was rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center and investigators responded to the residence to talk to the shooter. Phillips said at this time, the homicide unit believes the homeowner acted in self-defense and no criminal charges have been filed against him. The case will eventually be presented to a grand jury, who will determine if the homeowner committed any criminal acts.

Surgeons worked through the night to try to save Williams, but Phillips said he died of his injuries sometime Tuesday morning.

Phillips said Williams may have been drunk or high, or that his behavior may have been influenced by the storm, but the homicide unit feels sure he was not simply seeking shelter from the storm outside, particularly because his own apartment was so nearby.

"The weather may have played a part in his mental state," Phillips said, "but there's nothing that indicates that he was trying to gain entry to this house to get shelter from the storm."
"He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 20,875 Senior Member
    Not that far from me. ( <1 mile)
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    For 20-something years, a pothead/drug enthusiast lived just across the creek, half a mile from our place. He hosted some exceptionally rowdy parties on a pretty regular basis, and I was always a little on edge while they were going on. The festivities never made it to our side of the water, but it was not an impossibility that it might. He died a couple of years ago at the ripe old age of 45, from supposedly "natural" causes. Things have been a lot quieter in the neighborhood since then.
    Jerry
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Thanks for the news. It brings to note that we do need to be watchful for "person" problems even during weather problems. In 1983, hurricane Alicia hit Houston pretty hard, knocking out power all over the city. There were many break-ins to luxury homes while the police were busy and the alarms out. As we drove the streets, there were derelicts all over, and although we saw no looting where we lived, there were also a fair number of lootings, mostly in the ghetto areas.

    I've got several flashlights around the apartment and they're always ready w. fresh batteries. That, and of course, my firearms.

    What's particularly reprehensible of course is that crooks will use misfortune to seize control. But naturally, that's what crooks do! And yes, the guy in the news story wasn't a crook per se but possibly still dangerous.

    A good warning for us, that if there's some sort of natural disaster, from flood or storm or quake, the real threat may still come from human directions and we need to be ready for this. Thanks for the report, BAM.
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Remember the aftermath of Katrina? The human scum who raided homes and stole weapons wore uniforms and badges that time!
    Jerry
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Remember the aftermath of Katrina? The human scum who raided homes and stole weapons wore uniforms and badges that time!
    Jerry


    What ever happened with all that? I know the "Chocolate City" mayor of that time was recently convicted as a crook (Duh), but didn't they pass a bill/law prohibiting LEOs from confiscating law abiding citizens firearms in a disaster?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    What ever happened with all that? I know the "Chocolate City" mayor of that time was recently convicted as a crook (Duh), but didn't they pass a bill/law prohibiting LEOs from confiscating law abiding citizens firearms in a disaster?

    Now that there's a law against it, then all's good, nothing to worry about!! RIGHT!! Nawlins is just a southern version of Chicago!!
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,490 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    Now that there's a law against it, then all's good, nothing to worry about!! RIGHT!! Nawlins is just a southern version of Chicago!!
    Oh, I wouldn't say that.

    N'Awlins has better food.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,768 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    What ever happened with all that? I know the "Chocolate City" mayor of that time was recently convicted as a crook (Duh), but didn't they pass a bill/law prohibiting LEOs from confiscating law abiding citizens firearms in a disaster?

    It's the Stafford Act. Many states have also passed similar laws....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,538 Senior Member
    Living in Florida, I always have "natural disaster scenarios" in mind; especially as hurricane season approaches.

    A community is most vulnerable during and immediately following a natural disaster and not all looters have stolen goods in mind. Some are willing to be way more violent.

    Natural disasters can happen anywhere, so don't count them out.
    “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers
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