Just watching WFSB News at about 5:40 p.m. ET and Denise D’Ascenzo was reporting on the home invasion and shooting death of a criminal intruder, a “pregnant” 28-year-old woman in Long Beach, Calif. The video report excluded important facts.
It’s not for me to state if the self-defense shooting was justified or not, but one thing is for certain, WFSB screwed up by completely ignoring multiple important facts in their TV newscast. (Sorry, I do not have the video.)
- The two invaders tackled the homeowner when he walked into his home. He suffered a broken collar bone and multiple bruises.
- The man was 80-years-old.
- At 2:40 p.m. ET today, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed the woman was not pregnant. Three hours later WFSB still suggested she may have been pregnant in D’Ascenzo’s report. (Clarification: It’s not clear if the coroner’s office released this information at 2:40 p.m. ET or 2:40 p.m. PT.)
- The man’s home had been burglarized multiple times in the past, and the two criminals may have been familiar with the home. In-other-words, they may have been the criminals who burglarized the home in the past.
Maybe a few of you will forward my post to WFSB?
Why would WFSB news editors skip over the part where the homeowner was beaten up? Even their online post – taken from an Associated Press story – lets readers know this.
Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell says the homeowner fired on 28-year-old Andrea Miller in an alley after she and another suspect assaulted him in his home and broke his collarbone.
You tell me … again… Why would WFSB skip over the part where the homeowner was tackled, bruised up and had is collarbone broke?
When it comes to whether this is a justified shooting or not, it looks like – under California law – this was not a justified self-defense shooting since reports indicate the homeowner shot the woman when she was outside the home fleeing down an ally. Reports indicate he grabbed the gun and they ran when he started shooting in the home, but then the homeowner followed outside and shot at the man and woman again as they were “fleeing.”
I’m going to suggest the woman may have been hit during the first round of gun fire in the home and she collapsed outside in the ally. Could that be possible? This is all speculation, and we won’t know facts – even though the media has interviewed the homeowner – until the official report is available.
What have we learned? Don’t break into other people’s homes and beat up people. Don’t be surprised if homeowners start shooting to stop the threat in their home. Also – if you watch the video interview of the homeowner – you best realize 80-year-old men don’t like to be messed with. I get the impression this guy had enough of the bull shit.