After you read this ask yourself: Who is really the aggressor in this situation?
Homeowners shot and handcuffed an intruder who had entered their house. For that, a group of strangers, totally uninvolved, have taken their kids and have threatened them with a ransom or a cage.
Such aggressive actions are claimed just because the homeowners had dared to have in their dwelling a plant that some other people, also completely removed from the situation, say they can’t have.
It’s claimed that Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County Prosecutor, will “determine if the shooting was justified.”
Huh? Who is this guy? He’s paid via the same avenues (a protection racket) and suffers from the same perverse incentives as those who quite literally kidnapped and demanded obligations not owed.
The homeowners grew marijuana. That harms no one. They are being targeted because they dared disobey an edict set by someone who claimed their authority. When that is questioned their legitimacy erodes, hence the allocating of their (stolen) resources.
I don’t think this perverted “justice” will always be the norm as people are realizing such situations pretty ridiculous.
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
- 630 North Cedar Street, Mason, MI 48854
57 pot plants found at Holt home where man was shot, beaten, cuffed
by Laura Misjak on 2013.02.25 at LansingStateJournal.com
DELHI TWP. — When deputies arrived at a house early Thursday for a reported home invasion, the suspected intruder was lying just inside the front door, handcuffed, with multiple bullet wounds to his torso.
Officials said the 20-year-old man, who they said was armed with a .38-caliber revolver when he broke into the home in 4200 block of West Holt Road, had been shot several times by a woman who lived in the house. The man also had been beaten, apparently with a baseball bat.
He was in critical condition Thursday at Sparrow Hospital, officials said. His name was not released.
“It’s movie-like, almost,” Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said at a news conference. “How often do you go to a scene where you’ve got an intruder (who’s) been shot by the homeowners and he’s laying there handcuffed? … It’s just very unusual.”
The reason for the home invasion, in all likelihood, Wriggelsworth said, was the 57 marijuana plants of varying size growing in the basement.
“That person went there because he knew what was going on (in the house),” Wriggelsworth said.
Investigators found a total of seven guns inside the house — including the double-barreled .45-caliber/.410-gauge handgun the woman used to shoot the suspected intruder. Among the guns found was a Romanian-made replica of an AK-47.
It has not been determined what charges the people living in the home could face. No arrests had been made Thursday. The woman, a man and four children ranging in age from 8 months to 10 years old lived there, officials said. They were not injured.
The children remain in the custody of the man and woman, Wriggelsworth said. The Lansing State Journal is not naming the man and woman because they haven’t been charged with any crime.
David Akerly, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Human Services, could not confirm whether Child Protective Services is involved, citing privacy laws.
Akerly, speaking generally, said a key question CPS workers ask themselves when called to a scene is whether there is imminent risk of harm to a child.
“We’re going to immediately contact the court and attempt to take kids (into protective custody) if our people can’t get over the hump of answering that question with a ‘no,’” he said.
He added that law enforcement has the ability to take children into protective custody if they feel the children are at risk of imminent harm and then follow up with DHS.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III will determine if the shooting was justified.
Wriggelsworth said it’s believed the intruder entered the home through a back door that was unlocked.
An altercation took place in the living room, at which time the woman retrieved the double-barreled handgun and shot the intruder at point blank range, he said.
Neighbors said that the house has been the site of suspicious activity in recent years. The man, woman and children had lived there about three years, they said.
A lot of people going in and out of the house was common, said Carl Acker, who lives nearby. The odor of marijuana was obvious at times, he said, even from far away.
“This house has brought a lot of controversy,” Acker said, adding: “When people drive up, run inside the home, are there only five or six minutes — you know something’s not right.”
On Thursday law enforcement officers could be seen removing multiple items from the house, including at least one large lamp used for growing plants indoors as well as apparent marijuana plants.