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« on: June 27, 2013, 09:44:54 AM »

 Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets  court martial
   
   BREVARD, NC Jan. 19, – Retired Army Green  Beret Smokey Taylor got his court martial this weekend and came  away feeling good about it. Taylor, at age 80 the oldest member  of Chapter XXXIII of the Special Forces Association, was on  trial by his peers under the charge of “failing to use a weapon  of sufficient caliber” in the  shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville, TN, in  December.
   
   The entire affair, of course, was very much  tongue in cheek. Taylor had been awakened in the early morning  hours of Dec. 17, when an intruder broke into his home. He  investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in hand.  When the intruder threatened him with a knife, Taylor warned  him, then brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him  right between the eyes.
   
   “That boy had the  hardest head I’ve ever seen,” Taylor said after his trial. “The  bullet bounced right off.” The impact knocked the would-be thief  down momentarily. He crawled out of the room then got up and ran  out the door and down the street. Knoxville police apprehended  him a few blocks away and he now awaits trial in the Knox County  jail. 
   
   The charges against Taylor were considered  to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant  with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and  Vietnam .
  “Charges were brought against him under the  premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the  expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of  Asheville . “He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just  wasn’t big enough to get the job done.”
   
   Taylor ’s defense attorney, another retired  Weapons Sergeant, disagreed. He said Taylor had done the right  thing in choosing to arm himself with a .22. “If he’d used a .45  or something like that the round would have gone right through  the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured  some innocent child asleep in its bed,” he said. “I believe the  evidence shows that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment  in his choice of weapons. He did nothing wrong, and clearly  remains to this day an excellent weapons man.” 
   
   Counsel for the defense then floated a  theory as to why the bullet bounced off the perp’s forehead. “He  was victimized by old ammunition,” he said, “just as he was in  Korea and again in Vietnam , when his units were issued ammo  left over from World War II.”
   
   Taylor said nothing in his own defense,  choosing instead to allow his peers to debate the matter. After  the trial he said the ammunition was indeed old and added the  new information that the perp had soiled his pants as he crawled  out of the house. “I would have had an even worse mess to clean  up if it had gone through his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was  good for both of us that it didn’t.”
   
   Following testimony from both sides, Taylor  was acquitted of the charges and was given a round of applause. 
   
   Meanwhile, back in Knox County, the word is  out: Don’t go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole  bunch of fresh ammo.
 
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2013, 11:17:07 AM »

That's a good story, shame it didn't have a happy ending.  grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2013, 01:09:05 PM »

Burglar's should do their homework.  Never break into a retired Green Beret's house...

Back when I lived in Laramie, WY, someone got confused and broke into a retired Green Beret's house.  Seems the intruder was armed with a pistol and thought he was at someone else's house with whom he had a beef that he thought to settle with firearms.  The Green Beret emptied his 9mm into the man before he hit the floor.  Of course they convened a grand jury (required by law in the case of a shooting death) and they thanked him for his service and sent him home.  Good thing it wasn't Chicago or NYC or they would have arrested him and the newspapers would have called him a vigilante...

Judging by the results, he was NOT guilty of  “failing to use a weapon  of sufficient caliber”.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2013, 03:07:56 PM »

Who said there's no justice?  Hold on just a bleeping minute.  Isn't using .22 LR rim fire ammo a violation of the Geneva convention? 

Dang we not only have too many law breakers we got too many laws, and rules, as well. jail
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