Skip to comments.New Hampshire man arrested for firing gun into ground while catching suspected burglar
Posted on 02/21/2012 4:09:20 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
Dennis Fleming, 61, of Farmington, New Hampshire,
who fired his handgun into the ground to scare an alleged burglar...
is now facing a felony charge...
The single grandfather had returned home to find that his home had been burglarized
and spotted Joseph Hebert, 27, climbing out of a window at a neighbor's home...
Fleming said he yelled "Freeze!" before firing his gun into the ground,
then held Hebert at gunpoint until police arrived...
...when the police arrived, they made two arrests.
Hebert was charged with two counts of burglary and drug possession...
Fleming is scheduled to be arraigned March 20 on a charge of reckless conduct,
which could potentially land him a sentence similar to the one Hebert faces...
Fleming's collection of seven rifles and a .38-caliber handgun were seized by police...
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
“He should have just plugged the perp...”
“He wasted a bullet...”
“why you try and kill the perp...”
“when there arent enough criminals, one makes them...”
“live free or die...”
“Never summon nor speak to the police...”
“Shoot, shovel, shut up...”
How do the cops know a shot was fired?
Did Flemming admit it? (big mistake)
So, when faced with this situation, what should a free man do?
Shoot the perp, and go back home like nothing ever happened?
So much for looking out for your neighbor!!
No. Your lawyer calls the police.
Some things are simple. Simple to understand a burglar remaining free and you remaining free is better than both of you being incarcerated. Or like shutting up and remaining free versus talking and digging your own grave.
Could’ve hit a gas pipe?
But, unfortunately, he did not find the criminal on his property.
Point the gun, holler, but don’t shoot unless shot at? Beats me. It’s a crazy quilt depending on what state and sometimes, city you find yourself in.
Like the burglar cared about that? All that mattered was being accosted by the occupant of the house he had burglarized.
It’s sad when we are reduced to “staring at our hands” in such a circumstance.
Can you read? Don't pretend I didn't offer the alternative to let it drop if possible, if not then call a lawyer.
He should not fire a "warning" shot. "Warning" shots endanger innocent bystanders and expose you to legal repercussions for no particular purpose.
Either let the perp run if that's what he is going to do, or shoot him while he is still facing you and say "I feared for my life" and nothing more.
I know and agree.
At some point, the average Joe is going to become so frustrated, that people are going to form shadow vigilante groups, where criminals simply disappears and nobody knows a thing.
It sounds like he just tripped on a stone and accidentally discharged the gun . No problem.
“So, when faced with this situation, what should a free man do?”
You get to the meat of it. I’ll waver like a p*ssy and answer with questions of my own:
What would a free man do if he knew we had his back?
What does a free man do when he’s facing reality - that we’re all on our own?
Just ask Mr. Flemming.
Who votes that Mr. Flemming gets a flash of the obvious and fights back?
Who votes that Mr. Flemming slinks into line and hopes it all goes away?
I’m guessing Mr. Flemming slinks.
Somehow, I justify this sh!t and look in the mirror every day. So will Mr. Flemming.
He fired a weapon when his life wasn't in danger.
If his life was in danger, he was justified in shooting the perpetrator, center mass, until the threat stopped.
As it was, he didn't feel threatened enough to shoot the perpetrator. Under the law of many states, this is a blatantly illegal act, clearly spelled out in the criminal code.
See also: "brandishing".
Ten years ago this would never have happened in New Hampshire.
It wasn’t his fault.....the damn gun just ‘went off’. (Hey, that is how the bleeding heart anti-gun liberals phrase it!!).
So much for live free or die.
New Hampshire needs to put a sarcasm tag after their motto.
Maybe NH could sell their motto to a more deserving state.
Does the shooter have to fear for his own life? Or could he fear for the lives of his neighbors who were having the home invasion?
He might have saved a whole family from murder.
He should demand a jury, possibly a speedy trial, right after his friends write letters to the editor complaining about the rash of burglaries and robberies.
It only takes one juror to nullify.