A man was shot the other night.
I know, I know.
I am sure you are asking, what's new about this? And the answer is nothing.
Except..... it (once again) shows how important it is to have the basic right to protect yourself, and those you love.
Here's the gist of the news report on the incident:
Metro Police say it appears that a man opened fire and shot another man in self defense during an attempted robbery at a downtown apartment complex.
Brian Blevins, 24, told police he was moving into a building near 16th and Pennsylvania on Sunday when he was approached by 38-year-old Christopher Hampton. Blevins said Hampton asked him if he had change for a $5 bill.
“The one guy said no the other guy said yeah let me go get it, it's in the apartment so he then followed him into the apartment, once they were in he pulled a gun out on them and ordered them into the back room,” said Sgt. Matt Mount of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.
Police say Blevins kept his gun in a back room. He came out and opened fire shooting Hampton in the back.
Hampton was pronounced dead at the scene.
Yes it's sad.
And it didn't have to happen.
But what's a person to do when they are accosted in such a brazen and dangerous manner? Hampton obviously miscalculated and underestimated the resolve of a young kid who just wanted to get moved into a new place. You can't blame the protector and self-preservationist.
But before you feel too blue about this entire scenario, take a look at this story -- one that followed up:
24-Hour News 8 has uncovered more about an alleged armed robber who was shot and killed Sunday. We've learned that would-be robber was already being monitored with a GPS tracking device for other alleged crimes.
Christopher Hampton was wearing an ankle bracelet so officers could track his whereabouts. But when Hampton allegedly robbed two men Sunday afternoon, his GPS anklet wasn't working.
Hampton's rap sheet stands as proof that the 38-year old had a tough time staying out of jail. He has 10 convictions in 15-years, five of which are felonies.
Earlier this month he got in trouble again. He was accused of violating a no-contact order with his wife. A judge mandated he wear a GPS tracking device around his ankle.
So now that we have the rest of the story, it appears that this career thug just saved a lot of grief for a lot of people. He presented himself to someone who wasn't going to take it, someone who had a right to meet that objective (if confronted). On the other end of this process is a man who lost his battle with his inner-most demons, when he made that fateful choice.
Certainly, the man who was forced to pull this trigger and facilitate this act is responsible for a woman being able to sleep better at nights, knowing that this jerk will never threaten her again. But not only her, all of the future victims of his strong-armed tactics can now rest a little easier, even though they know not who they are.
Bottom line, no one will ever have to face this puke again.
Despite what seems like a case of a creep getting his just desserts, the man did have a name and a family. The day after this, a family member was on TV grieving and plainly in denial. He said that his brother was not there to rob anyone. He went on to say that he was there to buy drugs and the reason he knew this, was because his late brother had earlier made a statement that he needed to get some money----for drugs.
This isn't rocket science here, but I do struggle with this kind of thinking sometime.
Even at that, I am willing to bet that with this surviving sibling's words out in the open, the authorities will not heed his pleas and keep this investigation open any longer. Why should they?
And just to let you all know, if I had so happened to be the man who was forced to pull the trigger in this (or any other similar) instance, I would not exactly be beaming with radiant joy right now.
But make no mistake..... I would regret NOTHING.