Don’t you just love it convicted burglar sues homeowner. Did anyone notice that the actual criminal spent no time in jail, while the homeowner was sentenced to 60 days? What kind of society have we become?
A convicted burglar is suing an Indiana homeowner who shot him during an attempted break-in two years ago.
According to authorities, David Bailey broke into David McLaughlin’s Dunkirk, Indiana, garage in April 2014.
McLaughlin heard the alarm go off, saw a man running away from the garage and opened fire.
Bailey was hit in the arm as he fled down an alley.
In September 2014, McLaughlin was found guilty of criminal recklessness in the shooting and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
Bailey, who pleaded guilty to burglary, filed a civil suit claiming the gunshot caused “serious and permanent damage” and McLaughlin acted recklessly. Bailey is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. More
“My client thinks it’s outrageous and I tend to agree,” said McLaughlin’s attorney Brian Pierce. “You don’t ordinarily expect someone to burglarize you and turn around and sue you for damages.”
According to the complaint, “As the plaintiff (Bailey) was running down the alley away from defendant’s residence, the defendant (McLaughlin) continued to the public right-of-way (and off his property) and continued firing his weapon down the dark alley.”
The lawsuit continues that the homeowner fired three shots.
One round hit the suspect in the back of the arm as he ran away. In fact, the complaint claims the homeowner told neighbors he “had no idea what he was firing at.” More