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Old May 13, 2010, 08:10 PM   #26
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In your scenario, I am not sure how you and the four youths got to the edge of the woods to meet up with the cop. Sounds like you marched the four stooges at gunpoint out of the woods. THAT, my dear self-defending citizen, is called kidnapping, and that's a felony. In PA, the Uniform Firearms Act has very specific wording about holding another person at gunpoint, and I would suspect that the wording has been little tested, if at all, in court. You'd totally be at the mercy of the jury. Once the threat was neutralized, you were no longer justified in using the threat of deadly force on them. And, by marching them out at gunpoint, you were placing them in mortal danger.

I was actually once in a similar situation, many years ago. It was our routine practice, and that of hundreds of other folks, to routinely become uninvited guests onto the private property of the family of a certain former Governor of Pennsylvania to hike along the stream on the property and to swim in the waterfalls. Well, one day we were back in there, about 5 of us, and a "caretaker" comes out of the woods with pistol drawn and demands that we get out. OK, no problem, we were not going to mess with the guy, and we'd have been very happy to walk back down the stream to our cars (about 30 minutes walk, maybe 45), and get out. Nope, he wanted us to go his way, along the ridge line and he made us walk in front of him with him walking behind us with the gun drawn the whole time. This was like about 1982, somewhere around there. I was thinking the whole time that I hope this guy doesn't trip on a rock or something and pull that trigger by accident. None of us was armed. We walked out and there was no incident with the guy, and no, we did not report him, but we could have.
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Old May 14, 2010, 12:11 PM   #27
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Sounds like a bunch of suicidal punks, help them commit suicide
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Old May 14, 2010, 03:58 PM   #28
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Update

Wow a lot of responses. I have had time to cool down. They have been charged but basically going to plea out I didn't get charged and they just told me you were lucky you didn't get hurt or hurt someone. Then the officer today told me that I would probably seen in civil court. He didn't elaborate and I don't care because there is a 4 year wait to get into court (so I've heard) and my lawyer said they didn't have a strong enough case to even make it worth it their time. So I got lucky, got a good, tearful, apology from everyone. I apologized, I don't know why but I did, and went on my way.
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Old May 14, 2010, 08:10 PM   #29
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Id have my hand on my 1911 as they started to threaten me, and the very second i see a blade or any other deadly weapon, they would have a .45 pointed right at them.
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Old May 15, 2010, 02:39 AM   #30
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Well, you are lucky you didn't get stabbed and lucky you didn't have to shoot anybody. I don't think that makes you a bad guy.
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Old May 15, 2010, 08:30 AM   #31
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Thumbs up!

You did good. Nobody hurt, especially you. Dropping the hammer would have been a life changing event, no matter how it came out, and you avoided both that and personal injury.

Following a daylight burglary of my home by an underage felon, I asked the responding cop (this was in Virginia) under what circumstances I would have been justified in using deadly force. One thing he told me has always stuck with me: half of all violent crimes are committed by people under 18.

Do these clowns know your name? Watch your back.
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Old May 16, 2010, 12:05 AM   #32
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These thugswont be around very long, some other intended victim will not be as patient with them.

You did good as far as I'm concerned.

Sometimes the first to caLL 911 is the good guy, regardless.
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Old May 17, 2010, 09:53 PM   #33
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If someone commits a violent crime against you -- armed robbery or attempted -- holding them at gunpoint, taking them into custody is NOT "kidnapping."

Besides criminal charges against them, you should bring a civil complaint. Sue their parents. I can't believe for an instant that any Grand Jury in the land would indict anyone for use of a firearm in defense against an armed robbery.

They're lucky no one got shot. You were certainly justified in shooting them in defense. Bring a civil suit to bear against them. You'll win, and they need the grief.
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Old May 17, 2010, 10:12 PM   #34
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I don't have a problem with the way you handled it. In fact, I'd say you showed serious restraint. Probably best for everyone, except the person they'll try this to later

That said, I have to disagree with the above poster. I'd say no one has much legal ground for a civil suit. What exact damages could any party claim in this case?
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Old May 18, 2010, 12:47 AM   #35
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This reminds me why I carry a weapon when I go fishing... I don't carry a gun but at least a large knife, sometimes a machete depending on where I go...

I think it was handled well. Still curious on the part on how you marched them to the officer..
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Old May 19, 2010, 09:31 AM   #36
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Kdog,

IF you are sued in civil court, then you and your lawyer just go right ahead and sue each of the yutes, and all of their parents and grand parents in return.

And make the amount for each of those lawsuits double what you're being sued civilly for.

Agree to drop yours if they drop theirs.

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Old May 24, 2010, 09:32 PM   #37
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+1 on the damages. No one got hurt. Emotional distress would be pretty thin. Who knows? They may sue, but I can't see them getting anything, and I'd be surprised to see a lawyer take the case without a retainer.
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Old May 25, 2010, 08:24 AM   #38
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Chucklehead pulls a knife, I hope you got one in the pipe. Give him a good look to be sure.

Sounds like you did a fine job, although I agree that marching them out might be an issue. Then again you have to be wary of them damaging your vehicle as they leave the area.

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Old May 25, 2010, 08:40 AM   #39
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I suggest you read In The Gravest Extreme by Massad Ayoob then repost your question if it does not satisfy your thoughts.
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Old May 25, 2010, 06:44 PM   #40
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I wouldnt worry too much about the civil suit. The entire incident was initiated by them. Most of the libility will be assigned to them. The were arrested by the police, and are pleading guilty to reduced charges to clear the case. In essence they are taking legal/criminal responsibility for their actions.

IMO you handled the situation perfectly. Also IMO holding the perpetrators fr the police isnt kidnapping, but a citizens arrest.

Again... good job...
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Old May 25, 2010, 09:42 PM   #41
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Wet or dry flies? Match the hatch? Which taper? Ever heard of situational awareness? You were lucky, they weren't committed enough to take advantage of their superior situation. Enjoy your drink.
Anybody who doesn't think this case won't see the light of day in civil court hasn't spent any time there.
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Old May 25, 2010, 09:51 PM   #42
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LMAO, yeah no one else here has spent as much time as the guy who joined in January.
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Old May 25, 2010, 10:06 PM   #43
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Sounds like you did fine to me too kdog70. I'm glad things turned out about as good as they could have. You didn't have to shoot anyone and they probably reconsidered their future as criminals.

While some people talk about tactical advantage and all that, I think your restraint was the right move. Four on one is bad odds, but you are a big guy and you were dealing with young punks. I'm sure you read them correctly and decided they would back down. I'm sure some others might have actually shot one or more of them.

If I was in that situation, I would probably draw and have the gun at low ready while issuing some aggressive threats. It would probably go something like "back the bleep off or else" or "Take another step towards me and I WILL SHOOT YOU".
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Old May 25, 2010, 10:12 PM   #44
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You're right, one2gofst, kinda new at this forum thing. Kinda like it tho. Nobody pointing guns or knives at me.
My real-world experience somewhat pre-dates my joining here, may even predate all but the earliest semiconductors. Thought I had something to share. My mistake. Feel free to ingore my newbie posts.
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Old May 26, 2010, 09:38 AM   #45
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kdog, in hindsight, now that you've had some time to reflect, what would you have done differently, if anything? Was there a more favorable outcome than the one that happened, and if so, how do you think you could have reached it?

How did they know you were there? Did they spot your vehicle near the road and follow you down? Any idea if this was a first time thing for them or did they seem like they were more organized? Did you ever suspect they were going to attempt robbery prior to them requesting your wallet?


I know this isn't a legal sub-forum, but..

For them to bring a suit for any kind of emotional distress would require an expert witness, such as a psychologist or other doctor, to provide that diagnosis. Which means time and money from the kids and their parents to see the specialist, plus a lawyer to take the case after they plead guilty to attempted robbery (or a reduced misdemeanor depending on the bargain). I'm no lawyer, but that seems like a long shot. I can't see many doctors putting themselves out on a limb in that situation.

kdog doesn't have much to sue for either, perhaps something stemming from denial of access to public fishing areas, nightmares, I don't know. More hassle than it's worth, and filing any kind of suit exposes him to coutersuit, and compromises his personal security as his full information would be entered into the public record.

Likely the judge will make it tough on the kids and the parents, especially if it's their first time. Make it something they don't easily forget, and that's the end of it.
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