What is felony stupid?
Felony stupid is kicking the door of a state conservation police officer’s private home to chase down and further beat your “soulmate and best friend” girlfriend who had fled an earlier beating and sought refuge in the random home that just happened to belong to the cop.
Then you go all Billy-badass on the cop, advancing menacingly, while he’s yelling at you to back off as he retreats in his own home pointing a gun at you.
“Intruder! You’re in my home. I’ve called the police! I am the police! Get back! I’ve got a gun and will shoot you!”
Billy decides to take off his shirt to show the strange man what a tough guy he is.
Conservation cop pulls the trigger and Billy assumes room temperature, right there.
Happened just down the road from us in Decatur, IL.
Great story with a marginally happy ending.
Oh, and you won’t find this “gun violence” on the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence’s Facebook page!
(Backstory there: ICHV hired on this PhD woman in Champaign to organize their downstate grassroots ICHV organization. Their new hired gun has made herself busy posting every downstate “GV” story she can find on the ICHV Facebook page in an effort to make it appear that ICHV is a) engaged and b) relevant. In reality, they are increasingly neither. Their next meeting is scheduled for January and their group is all supposed to read some book on or about pacifism. Announcement | Turnout Report | Meeting Notes)
Decatur police clear conservation officer in Sunday shooting death
Decatur, IL (Herald and Review) — Detectives said Monday that the Decatur man shot to death early Sunday was a domestic violence suspect who was killed by an off-duty Illinois State Conservation Police officer after the suspect had smashed his way into the officer’s home in pursuit of a woman who had fled there.
Matthew A. Hollgarth, 21, was pronounced dead at the officer’s house in the 1300 block of Manor Drive from a single bullet wound to the torso after the officer fired once.
At a news conference Monday, Decatur police refused to name the officer but said they had concluded he acted properly in using deadly force when confronted by Hollgarth, who was described as aggressive and refusing multiple commands to back away.
Criminal Investigations Lt. Cody Moore said the officer had feared for the safety of himself, the battered woman who had pounded on his door around 12:20 a.m. pleading for help, and for two of his own small children who were present in the home.
Hollgarth had followed the woman to the front door and allegedly would not back down even when confronted by the officer who had armed himself. Hollgarth had then smashed down the front door and come in after the woman who said she had earlier been choked and beaten and had fled from a car.
The officer was on the phone with Decatur police the whole time and could be heard giving the suspect, who had pulled off his shirt and hat as a display of aggression, multiple commands to leave and warning him he would be shot if he didn’t back off, Moore said.
When the officer told Hollgarth there were children present, the “suspect indicated he did not care,” Moore said.
The officer had retreated through the length of the house as he shielded the woman and his own children and the suspect had continued to act aggressively and kept approaching until he was “within mere feet” of the officer when he was fatally shot.
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