Tom shoots Carlos

Four times.

A pistol-packing jogger in Florida won’t be charged for shooting and killing a teenager who attacked him during a midnight run.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they are convinced Thomas Baker acted in self defense when he fired eight shots at 18-year-old Carlos Mustelier near Tampa in November .

Prosecutors say Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law was a factor in their decision. The law, passed in 2005, gives people the right to use deadly force as long as they “reasonably believe” it is necessary to stop another person from hurting them.

Baker told police he reached for his gun when the teen punched him in the face. Baker has a concealed weapons permit.

The teen was hit four times in the chest, back and buttocks. He died at the scene.

Ignoring Florida’s shoot-first-ask-questions-later law, one has to wonder if it was a Carlos who shot a Tom if the law would be applied in the same way – especially if it was an older Tom shooting a younger Carlos. Since there were four gunshots involved, I’m guessing the law would be viewed just a little differently.

5 Responses

  1. I know what your intentions were but when you talk about guns I don’t think the carlos/tom factor is very big.

    Find a prosecutor that wants to go up against the NRA for neglecting the ‘castle doctrine’.

    People shouldn’t have to retreat when attacked.

  2. 4 shots is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 seconds. 4 is a pretty reasonable number, unless a person changes magazines, I can’t take issue.

    You’re not going to shoot once and see if you got him.

  3. I agree with Nate on this.

  4. There was a case in Texas a few years ago where a guy called 911 because two Afro-Latino guys were robbing his neighbor’s vacant house. He told the operator he had a gun; she told him to wait for police. After failing to get her permission to take things into his own hands, well, he took things into his own hands. After shooting and killing both kids – they were shot in the back because they were running away – he wasn’t even indicted. You can’t tell me if the roles were switched that a Southern state wouldn’t have not only indicted the non-whites but would have convicted them – and with a recommendation of a harsh penalty.

  5. Well as soon as one of those cases comes up than I imagine we’ll have an answer and if you’re right a huge, well funded and air tight, multimillion dollar litigation.

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