A friend of mine who lives in the Tucson area alerted me to this story. I did a quick search and found the following story at the ironically named channel KGUN9.
I added the emphasis since I suspect that whoever wrote the headline used that word on purpose.
Here, courtesy of the Merriam Webster on line dictionary is the definition of murder,
The crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought.
The Arizona Revised Statutes use the term “Homicide”, but under definitions, they say that Homicide consists of,
By the third paragraph, the ace reporter in bringing “Stand your ground” laws into the story, even though this was a straight up case of self defense.
Here is the police account of what happened,
Just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, police say a 28-year-old man was sitting alone in his car and waiting for a friend in the 400 block of E. Navajo Road, near Prince and First.
Another called pulled up in front and one of the passengers got out. Police say he approached the car, pointed a gun and demanded money.
“Fearing for his life, he took out his gun and proceeded to fire at the male multiple times,” Sgt. Hawke said.
No stand your ground here. The victim, who to be clear is the shooter, had a gun stuck in his face. Unfortunately for the late Gabriel Jackson, his intended victim was similarly armed and shot before Jackson could. As I said, straight up self defense since the victim had no ability to flee the scene and was presented with an immediately life threatening situation.
To be fair, the police spokesperson didn’t really help clarify the situation,
“It is somewhat unusual to have a person who’s involved in an altercation call 911 to advise us that they actually just shot somebody,” says Hawke.
I’d think it would be usual for the shooter to call 9-1-1 if the shooter was the intended victim and shot in self defense with total justification.
At the least this is sloppy reporting, but that’s being generous. The use of the pejorative “murder” twice in the story and the reference to stand your ground and of course George Zimmerman makes me think that this story is just plain old media bias at work.
Even if this is just sloppy reporting, how much can you trust this reporter or this station when they can’t even get