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Old October 2, 2010, 10:14 PM   #38
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Similar Situation? Taunting tresspasser advances-or just taunt and/or threaten?

Similar Situation? Taunting tresspasser advances-or just taunt and/or threaten?

I was curious about the August 1 1995 shooting that Nnobby45 mentioned. After a LOT of clicking, I found this article from Cincinnati Magazine. Scroll down to page 90.

http://books.google.com/books?id=HR8...page&q&f=false
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books.google.com/books?id=HR8DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA94&lpg=PA94&dq=Charles+Cole+and+Charles+%22Kevin%22+Blankenship&source=bl&ots=u-lA2f6J3g&sig=LuKnVAdjxCDPoF204OJ4uSMwGP4&hl=en&ei=7eKnTP_jNor4swOZkcTmDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false
There is also a lesson to be learned about the ignorance of reporters (and, by extension, the general public and potential jury pool), as the writer describes a Cole's gun as a blowback operated, fully automatic firearm. Makes me suspect Yellow Journalism. Take with a grain of salt.

What I do believe from the article is that the shooter, Charles Cole was 5' 9" and 120 lbs and at least 40 years old, probably more. The Shooting victim, Charles "Kevin" Blankenship was 24 years, 175 lbs and also 5' 9" and worked out a lot.

Street posturing and arguing beforehand escalated. The two men had not met before. Kevin exclaimed, "F--- you and your gun. I've got something that will take care of all of you." Then advanced on Charlie, coming up the steps of Charlie's porch. Three steps, halfway up the stairs, saying "Use it, Bro, use it.", dropping his hands from their previously upraised position and taking a fourth step. I will guess less than 10 feet separate you (judging from the pictures).

What tactics would you employ at this point?

Trespasser, 50 lbs of muscle heavier and 20 years younger, advancing on you, unafraid of your drawn and ready gun.

Four shots, tresspasser less than a minute of life remaining. Then Charlie makes HIS error. He yells at the dying man. Got 18 to life.

This case demonstrate that "tactics" are not limited to the confrontation. Charles Cole found that he made tactical errors with regard to his decisions to call the police (or not call), apparantly not get proper training, practice and maintain proper mind-set.

He also apparently made a serious tactical error in his choice of lawyer (Attorney Kenneth L. Lawson's bio in a Cincinnatti Enquirer story http://www.enquirer.com/editions/199...c_lawson12.htm)
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enquirer.com/editions/1998/03/12/loc_lawson12.htm
who has lost his license to practice ( http://www.justice.gov/usao/ohs/Press/04-08-09.pdf ) and http://www.enquirer.com/editions/199..._lawson12.html
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justice.gov/usao/ohs/Press/04-08-09.pdf
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enquirer.com/editions/1998/03/12/loc_lawson12.html
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