Victim, Suspect Both Claim Self-Defense Following Shootout

| by Dabney Bailey
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Shooting your fellow man is generally a no-no, but the law is willing to make an exception in legitimate cases of self-defense. That’s what two Texas men are counting on following a dangerous shootout in Longview, Texas.

According to reports, 19-year-old Christian Earl Sibley and 20-year-old Rashaad McCray both shot each other inside a Longview home. Both men are claiming that they acted in self-defense.

McCray, who lived at the home, told police that Sibley was there to rob him and others. Naturally, he whipped out his gun and shot Sibley. The bullet struck Sibley in the back.

Sibley later told the police that he wasn’t there to rob anyone – he simply wanted to buy some drugs and had the gun for personal protection.

Sibley returned fire, striking McCray in the leg in alleged self-defense.

To complicate matters, Sibley attempted to flee from police while they were escorting the two men to the hospital. Things got even more heated in the hospital when the two men got into an altercation. The police asked more than 30 people to leave the hospital while doctors and security staff treated the two men.

Sibley has been charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and escape from custody. McCray has not been charged.

The funny thing about this story is that both men might actually be able to argue self-defense and win. It largely depends on what the two men believed leading up to the shootout.

If McCray genuinely did believe that Sibley was there to rob him and he had evidence to support that idea, then shooting Sibley in self-defense was at least somewhat justifiable.

Likewise, if Sibley really was there to buy drugs and had reason to believe that he was welcome in the home, then returning fire at McCray is also somewhat justifiable.

Of course, it’s also possible that neither of the two men have a legitimate case. The self-defense argument could be a poor excuse for a fight that got out of control or a drug deal gone bad. 

Source: News-journal