Two Men Who Mercilessly Beat Victim With a Bat Called Police Themselves When Victim Grabbed a Shotgun

July 16 2014
by GSL Staff
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Two homeless men found themselves calling police when their would be victim turned the tables on them.

The pair of men, identified as Joseph E. Killingsworth, 27, and Johnny R. Moore, 25 decided to attack a local homeowner who they suspected reported them as trespassers.

The men went to 23 year old man’s home and attacked him with a baseball bat, causing significant injuries to several parts of the man’s body.

At some point during the attack, the victim managed to get away from the suspects and grab a shotgun. The man fired two shots, which apparently went into the air. It is unclear if the man was trying to fire warning shots or if he simply missed in his injured state.

What happened next is the surprising part. The pair of attackers then called police themselves. According to local media reports,

In an attempt to escape after the attack, the victim grabbed a shotgun from his home and fired two rounds into the air, the sheriff said.

The two suspects fled to a nearby residence and called police to report that they had been shot at.

Law enforcement arrested Killingsworth and Moore and jailed them on charges of Assault II.

The victim is being treated at a local hospital for his injuries.

This is the 19th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Oregon and the 1,224th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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