One Phoenix man was hospitalized with a bullet wound after defecating on the wrong man’s lawn.
According to reports, a 61-year-old homeowner was checking around his property area when he spotted a 26-year-old man sleeping outside the fenced area of his home. The older man shooed the younger man away, at which point he discovered some feces near where the younger man had been sleeping. The homeowner demanded that the 26-year-old clean up the mess, but he refused.
The homeowner then trailed the younger man for unknown reasons. Allegedly, a fight then broke out near some train tracks. The 61-year-old later told police that the younger man swung a chain with a padlock on the end at the homeowner, knocking him to the ground. The homeowner then opened fire on the younger man, missing once and then striking the man once in the chest.
The younger man was taken to the hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery.
Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson explained that they are still investigating, though it is unclear who the Phoenix Police are investigating. If the younger man really did swing a chain at the older man, then the homeowner might have an argument for self-defense. If he fabricated the tale with the chain, then police have an attempted poopy lawn vendetta slaying on their hands.
The homeowner probably should have just phoned the police and let them do their duty, so to speak, even if it meant that the guy would have gotten away. Carrying a gun and hunting down a guy who might very well have been drunk or on drugs is kind of asking for trouble.
What are your thoughts on the case? In lieu of phoning the police, is it acceptable for an everyday armed citizen to track down a criminal? Do you believe the homeowner’s story? Do you think the gunman’s anger over his now stinky yard may have affected his decision to pull the trigger?