Teen in MA Charged With Murder After Armed Citizen Shot and Killed His Partner in Crime
|Incident at a Glance|
|# of Suspects:||2||Shots Fired:||Unknown|
|Suspect Killed:||No, Yes||State:||MA|
Charging someone involved in a crime with murder if one of their accomplices is killed is a great law in my opinion. Unfortunately, I think it needs to be passed in more states and become more publicized in order to act as a proper deterrent to group crime.
In this case, a Massachusetts teen finds himself facing a murder charge after his partner in crime was shot and killed by an armed citizen. According to the Boston Globe,
[Amoy] Blake [age 18] and [Jahleel Sanders] Williams [age 17] allegedly approached a 20-year-old Lynn man and attempted to rob him Wednesday night. Blake allegedly held a gun to the man’s head, according to Blodgett’s office.
The man then shot Blake with his own legally licensed weapon, and Williams fled, according to Blodgett’s office.
The Lynn man called for an ambulance, which took Blake to Union Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Blodgett’s office said.
He is not being charged in the incident because it was an act of self-defense, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for Blodgett’s office.
Information about the firearm used and number of shots fired is not available for this incident.
If prosecutors continue to press these kinds of cases it may, eventually, act as a deterrent to criminals who think it is safer to act in pairs or larger groups.
Surprisingly, this is only the 4th defensive gun use we’ve every documented in the state of Massachusetts (maybe not so surprising given the state’s gun laws) and the 1,103rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.