I recently posted about a shooting that occurred in Lakeland. Operating from text based news articles only, it appeared as though the thief had grabbed a hatchet and attempted to threaten the store owner in order to affect his escape. The Lakeland PD has since released the store video of the shooting. I will let you watch for yourself.

It appears as though I jumped the gun. This looks to me to be a bad shooting. The thief does not appear to be threatening the store owner, and it appears as though the store owner shot him not in self defense, but to prevent his escape. Absent any other evidence, this looks like second degree murder to me.

That is what I get for basing my opinion on press reports.

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