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Police: Largo man who fatally shot stepson fired in self-defense(FL)
tampabay.com ^ | 10 October, 2011 | Rita Farlow

Posted on 10/12/2011 4:41:39 AM PDT by marktwain

LARGO — A 73-year-old man who fatally shot his stepson in his home last week was acting in self-defense, Largo police said Monday.

Robert Edward Gardner will not be charged for shooting 48-year-old Jeffrey Mark Matthews, police said.

"He was protecting himself," said police spokesman Lt. Mike Loux.

Matthews arrived at the mobile home that Gardner and his wife share in the Paradise Island mobile home park at 1001 Starkey Road around 3:30 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Gardner said Monday he didn't know Matthews well and had met him only a couple of times. He said he and his wife, Barbara, had been "arguing for a few days" when Matthews showed up and threatened to beat him up.

Gardner said he retreated to his bedroom.

"I went in there and got my gun and stood in the doorway," he said. "I was going to tell him to get the hell out. Before I could say anything, he came charging down the hallway."

Police said Matthews of Fort Myers had a belt in his hand as he ran toward Gardner. Gardner, who suffers from back problems, said he feared for his safety when he fired his .38-caliber gun at Matthews, whom he described as about 6-foot-6 and "a minimum of about 320 pounds."

Matthews fell to the ground in the hallway and died at the scene. Barbara Gardner called 911.

Barbara Gardner could not be reached for comment Monday. Gardner said his wife moved out after the shooting.

Neither Matthews nor Gardner has a criminal history in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; domestic; fl
He made the mistake of scaring an old man.
1 posted on 10/12/2011 4:41:44 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

6’6” and 320 pounds is a lot of man charging at someone.


2 posted on 10/12/2011 4:53:36 AM PDT by healy61
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To: marktwain
"Gardner, who suffers from back problems, said he feared for his safety when he fired his .38-caliber gun at Matthews, whom he described as about 6-foot-6 and "a minimum of about 320 pounds."

That's a lot of angry beef on the hoof! Surprised that a .38 special was able to put him in ground so effectively. Shot placement is everything.
3 posted on 10/12/2011 5:00:36 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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Sounds like the wife got tired of arguing and decided to bring some muscle in to finish the argument. Only problem was the old man had a gun so instead of a beatdown we got a dead son. The wife should have just left if she didn’t like living with the dude rather than pull this kind of stuff.


4 posted on 10/12/2011 5:28:25 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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Exactly. She now has herself to blame for the loss of her son. That’s quite a cross to bear.


5 posted on 10/12/2011 5:40:21 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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“She now has herself to blame for the loss of her son.”

Sadly I doubt that she will blame herself as these type of women that engage in violence by proxy rarely feel any responsibility for the consequences of their actions. More than likely she blames her soon to be ex-husband for the entire thing (i.e., he shouldn’t have had a spine and just agreed to anything that I wanted, it’s not my fault that when I told my son my new husband had been mean to me that he reacted the way he did, my son never really would have hurt him, badly, so there was no reason for him to shoot him). See, it’s all someone else’s fault!


6 posted on 10/12/2011 6:25:52 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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The wife should have just left if she didn’t like living with the dude rather than pull this kind of stuff.

It's amazing what some people will put up with because their partner has something they want.

7 posted on 10/12/2011 6:27:03 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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IOW, she’s a typical liberal. LOL


8 posted on 10/12/2011 6:51:57 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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