The family of a 12-year-old auto theft suspect who was shot and killed by the vehicle owner say the man should face criminal charges.
The first line of the original article says: “A 12-year-old car theft suspect died of a gunshot wound after being confronted by the vehicle’s owner, according to the Denver Police Department.” It would be more accurate to say “12 year old shot and killed while attempting to murder the owner of the vehicle whose car he was stealing.”
The vehicle owner tracked the vehicle using an app. When he approached the vehicle, the occupants began shooting at him. The owner of the vehicle returned fire. The vehicle drove away and wrecked a short distance away. The police found the wrecked vehicle with a driver inside who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The other occupants of the vehicle ran off from before officers arrived. The wounded driver died at the hospital and was identified as 12 year old Elias Armstrong.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office decided to not file charges against the vehicle owner.
The family acknowledges Elias was caught up with the wrong crowd that day, but does not believe he should have been killed. “Even though they were joy riding, it was never that serious for somebody to have to lose their life or for [the car owner] to track down the car the way he did,” said Alicia Henderson, Elias’ sister.
He committed an armed burglary, illegally carrying a concealed weapon, attempted murder, armed robbery, grand theft auto, carjacking, and multiple other violent felonies. To minimize these crimes as harmless and call them “joyriding” is bullshit. The same kid has been in the Denver news more than once.
Said Henderson: “I’ll never get over this, I’ll never stop fighting for it until something is done about it. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a murder charge. However, manslaughter still comes into play because [Elias] was a child. The use of unnecessary force was present at the time and it wasn’t right.”
Unnecessary force? This little felon had a gun and shot at the legitimate owner of the vehicle. Just what level of force was necessary? Look at the little hoodlum’s picture that the family has put on a Tshirt.
Many of the articles say he was “involved in an exchange of gunfire” which is a rather odd way to phrase “he was trying to kill the law abiding, legitimate owner of the vehicle when the citizen did society a favor by removing his criminal, thieving black ass from the gene pool.”
The family has, of course, set up a change.org petition. The opening paragraph is grounds for a lawsuit for defamation, in my opinion.
On February 5th 2023, 12 year old Elias Armstrong was inside a stolen vehicle when the owner tracked the vehicle down using an App. The vigilante then took it upon himself to run toward the vehicle and shoot inside 15 times, ambushing the 3 occupants. Elias drove a few blocks away before he succumbs to multiple bullet wounds.
Hey, if Trump can lose millions for defamation for saying “I didn’t rape that woman, I don’t even know who she is,” then this certainly is a winner. The last paragraph is right out of the Trayvon playbook:
Denver Police told the Elias’ family that the shooter was on the phone with them for 20 minutes prior, and he was told NOT to pursue the stolen vehicle. The angry man decided to take justice in his own hands. We need him to be held accountable for HIS actions, and District Attorney Beth McCann needs to charge him for this crime that HE committed.
People are sick of the criminals, and they are sick of the fact that the cops aren’t doing shit. However, the shooting wasn’t vigilante justice. That little armed piece of shit tried to kill a man, and he came in second in a gunfight. I hope that little asshole burns in hell.