Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Rest In Piece, Second Amendment Victim


Wayne LaPierre and others have claimed "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun."  There are good guys with a gun in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania because, well, there are good guys with a gun everywhere in the USA. However, there is one fewer today than there was 48 hours ago. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports

Philadelphia police shot and killed a 59-year-old Germantown homeowner and wounded his wife Monday when a SWAT team showed up at 6 a.m. looking to arrest his grandson and the man mistook them for intruders and opened fire, hitting one officer in the face.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the man — whom he did not identify but whom property and other public records identify as Ricardo Giddings — apparently began shooting in an attempt to protect his home. His wife, 67, was struck by a police round as she tried to run out of the house, Ross said. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

The officer, Jaison Potts, 49, was able to walk into Temple University hospital but had to be sedated and was listed in critical condition. Ross said Monday night that a bullet remained lodged in Potts’ jaw.

Ross said officers knocked and announced themselves several times before seeking to enter the home to arrest the man’s grandson, 20, wanted on weapons violations. Ross said a television was on inside the home, so it was possible that the occurred about 6 a.m. on the 4800 block of Knox Street. Ross said SWAT officers “knocked and announced their presence at least three times, indicating they had a search warrant at that address.”

When they did not receive a response, they broke through a front door, Ross said.Inside, the man had grabbed a handgun, and thinking they were in danger, urged his wife to flee out the back of the house, Ross said.

Before officers broke through a second door to gain entry to the house, the homeowner began shooting, according to the commissioner. He fired four bullets; one hit Potts in the face near his jaw.

Potts’ partner, whom Ross did not identify, fired a shotgun five times in return, Ross said. At least one round hit the homeowner.

The man’s wife was struck in the stomach by a shotgun pellet that ricocheted before striking her, Ross said. She also suffered back injuries trying to flee the house.homeowner did not hear the warnings.

The grandson, whom police did not identify, was not there. He turned himself in to police later Monday, according to Ross.

Though hospitalized, the police officer and the homeowner's wife are both expected to survive the shooting, which

occurred about 6 a.m. on the 4800 block of Knox Street. Ross said SWAT officers “knocked and announced their presence at least three times, indicating they had a search warrant at that address.”

When they did not receive a response, they broke through a front door, Ross said.Inside, the man had grabbed a handgun, and thinking they were in danger, urged his wife to flee out the back of the house, Ross said.

Before officers broke through a second door to gain entry to the house, the homeowner began shooting, according to the commissioner. He fired four bullets; one hit Potts in the face near his jaw.

Potts’ partner, whom Ross did not identify, fired a shotgun five times in return, Ross said. At least one round hit the homeowner.

The man’s wife was struck in the stomach by a shotgun pellet that ricocheted before striking her, Ross said. She also suffered back injuries trying to flee the house.

Speaking in Dallas two months ago at the annual National Rifle Association convention, President Trump declared "your Second Amendment rights are under siege, but they will never ever be under siege as long as I am your president."





Rest assured, Donald.  A fellow's 2nd Amendment rights are safe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- as they are everywhere in America. no matter how many innocent people are dead because of it. The NRA- and therefore Donald Trump- wouldn't have it any other way.




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