A Bigtown store clerk loses his cool and picks up a shotgun. Now, a community group is calling for action but the owner may not have done anything illegal.
A lot of people are calling the store owner’s actions disrespectful and uncalled for. There are others though who say he acted within his rights.
Saturday night, the owner of Bigtown Service Station on Radio Boulevard argued with two customers; demanding that they leave. When they refused, he flashed his shotgun.
Bigtown Police told the owner that he didn’t do anything wrong, but, there are a lot of people who feel otherwise.
It may seem excessive, but was the owner acting within his legal rights? Bigtown Police think so.
“It appeared to me that he is. I think that anybody who has doubts about that should probably examine the castle,” said Bigtown Police Department’s Chief of Police Mike Jasper.
According to the castle doctrine, under certain circumstances, a person is able to use force to defend themselves against an intruder.
JPD refuses to pick sides, but Chief Jasper has a message for both parties.
“This is a situation that could have gotten out of control. Not by anything the officer did, but by the actions of the two people involved. It’s not our position to come and take side on this matter. But our position is, to do what we are bound to do and that is to enforce the law, investigate complaints. The officer did so and reports were given to both parties.”
This continues to be a developing story.