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Thief Shot and Killed With AR-15 After Burglarizing Oregon Home
The Blaze ^ | 3/4/13 | Jason Howerton

Posted on 03/05/2013 10:29:18 AM PST by Impala64ssa

— But You Won’t Believe How It Happened

Police in Polk County, Ore. found a suspected burglar dead inside a stolen truck Sunday morning. They say he burglarized a home twice the night before, stealing several items, including two guns.

In a statement, investigators said 19-year-old Genaro Hernandez Mendoza of West Salem, Ore. was heading to his family’s farm when he broke into a home on Independence Highway and stole several items. He then returned to the farm and hid the stolen items behind a barn.

Police say he then stole a pickup truck and returned to the same home he had already burglarized to steal more items, including a shotgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Detective John Williams says investigators found a shotgun and the rifle Sunday morning, side by side on the passenger-side floorboard of a stolen farm truck, barrels pointed at the driver.

Williams says it appears that a lever on the shotgun got into the trigger guard of the rifle. When the truck hit a bump in the road, the rifle fired once, striking and killing Mendoza in a freak accident.

However, Sheriff Bob Wolfe said police are still investigating the incident to make sure no other parties were involved in the burglary. He added that it seemed clear that Mendoza’s death was accidental and the result of failing to safely store the weapons he stole.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: ar15; armedcitizen; banglist; guncontrol; karma; secondamendment
Another posthumous Darwin Award nominee.
1 posted on 03/05/2013 10:29:36 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Farm owner sued for not having trigger lock. I can see it coming.


2 posted on 03/05/2013 10:32:58 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m sure he was a nice guy who was turning his life around.


3 posted on 03/05/2013 10:33:51 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Was he even here legally?


4 posted on 03/05/2013 10:37:28 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Impala64ssa

You see, you see, guns DO jump up and kill, unprovoked.


5 posted on 03/05/2013 10:37:42 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Impala64ssa

the jokes write themselves. I will refrain from saying anything else heh.


6 posted on 03/05/2013 10:40:48 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: 353FMG
guns DO jump up and kill, unprovoked

I would say they were provoked!
Ripped by force from their comfortable home... they fought back!
And won!

7 posted on 03/05/2013 10:42:47 AM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: 353FMG

I would think that the authorities may be able to levy a conspiracy charge against the AR-15 and the shotgun to commit this heinous crime.

But then, I’m not a lawyer and have not played one on TV.

Can’t wait for this case to show up on Court TV.


8 posted on 03/05/2013 10:46:50 AM PST by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: grobdriver

But will they be returned to the rightful owner?


9 posted on 03/05/2013 10:47:10 AM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Impala64ssa

And some leftist politician is going to seize on this as evidence that AR’s are dangerous just sitting there.


10 posted on 03/05/2013 10:48:10 AM PST by lurk
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To: Impala64ssa

Well SlowJoe is right about the utility of those shotguns.


11 posted on 03/05/2013 10:48:23 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Impala64ssa
God works in mysterious ways!
12 posted on 03/05/2013 10:50:49 AM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Impala64ssa

What’s Spanish for karma?

Hmm. That was simple enough. Bing translator says:

¿Qué es español para el karma?


13 posted on 03/05/2013 11:01:43 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Impala64ssa

Hey, you’re not my owner! Bang!


14 posted on 03/05/2013 11:12:46 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Impala64ssa

Them pesky guns, acting up all by themselves, again.


15 posted on 03/05/2013 11:30:02 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Must have been something in the re fried beans.


16 posted on 03/05/2013 11:40:02 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Them pesky guns, acting up all by themselves, again.

Hey, guns don't kill, trucks do! Who cleans up the stolen truck? Hopefully before it's returned to the legal owner!

17 posted on 03/05/2013 11:55:12 AM PST by roadcat
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To: Impala64ssa

Like the old saying goes, “Bad Decisions Make Great Stories”.


18 posted on 03/05/2013 11:58:08 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Impala64ssa

“Instant Karma gonna get you...”


19 posted on 03/05/2013 12:04:15 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn....)
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To: Impala64ssa

“The man wrapped in chains was discovered drowned in the river”

The sheriff commented “it appears he stole more chains than he could swim with”


20 posted on 03/05/2013 12:13:44 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Impala64ssa

See... guns do kill people, the right people.


21 posted on 03/05/2013 12:46:20 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Impala64ssa

Was he shot in the skittles?????


22 posted on 03/05/2013 12:56:20 PM PST by bikerman ("A gun is like a parachute. If you need one and dont have it you wont need one agian.)
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To: Impala64ssa

>>>He added that it seemed clear that Mendoza’s death was accidental and the result of failing to safely store the weapons he stole.<<<

We need stricter laws for safely transporting stolen guns.

Is there any doubt we have a “1,000 Ways to Die” episode here?


23 posted on 03/05/2013 12:58:36 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Impala64ssa

I guess he will never steal from anyone ever again!


24 posted on 03/05/2013 12:59:49 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Maybe he was recently paroled by Big Sis. Sequestration is killing people!


25 posted on 03/05/2013 1:20:50 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Impala64ssa

YOu cant make this stuff up.....


26 posted on 03/05/2013 1:37:04 PM PST by rxtn41
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To: grobdriver

ROFL... You owe me a new keyboard, but since I got a great LOL out of that post I’ll call it a wash! :)


27 posted on 03/05/2013 1:48:42 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Pox

It was the damndest story I’ve ever read, I’ll tell you.


28 posted on 03/05/2013 2:43:53 PM PST by grobdriver (Vivere liberi aut mori)
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To: Cicero

karma


29 posted on 03/05/2013 5:04:25 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Impala64ssa

I like this story.


30 posted on 03/05/2013 5:55:46 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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