One man is dead and another is in custody as the investigation continues into Wednesday morning’s fatal shooting in Kent in which the owner of a nursery killed an alleged intruder with a shotgun blast, the fourth time since April that a suspected criminal was fatally wounded in King County.
While many readers of the Seattle Times seem to be celebrating the latest example of “swift justice,” readers of the Seattle P-I.com are angered over a gross injustice against a man wrongly convicted on the testimony of a lying cop more than six years ago. The story says James Simmons spent a year behind bars and the now-ex-sheriff’s deputy was fired for lying about another case three months after the Simmons confrontation, the story said.
The sentiment of some Seattle P-I.com readers is that the former deputy, who reportedly had been in trouble with an agency in Missouri before coming west, ought to be in jail, and that Simmons should be living in his house.
Wednesday’s shooting in Kent came about two weeks after the high-profile gunfight in Maple Valley between the owner of a Toyota pickup truck and the man who was allegedly trying to steal it. This column discussed that case, which also brought more cheers than jeers from people who are clearly fed up with crime. It remains to be seen how the prosecutor's office comes down on both uses of lethal force now under investigation.
Maple Valley had another fatal shooting in April when a homeowner confronted a man and woman in a cargo container on his property. The man was killed and the woman was wounded in that encounter.
Barely two weeks after that incident, an Enumclaw man came home to find two intruders in the house. He grabbed a shotgun and killed one of the two men. The other escaped in the homeowner’s SUV, according to a report in the Seattle Times at the time.
There are now more than 445,000 active Washington Concealed Pistol Licenses, as this column reported. Citizens are taking action, perhaps on the “get a shotgun” advice from Vice President Joe Biden earlier this year.
As for the story about the bad cop, a website called policemisconduct.net said he was subsequently hired by another agency.
MEANWHILE, the Drudge Report this morning had a headline that cannot be repeated here, about the toll-free telephone number people are supposed to call to sign up for Obamacare. The report originated with The Daily Caller, and it has to do with the letters on a telephone keypad that correspond to the numbers of the Obamacare call center. Since that system went on line, it has been something of a train wreck, according to various reports. Perhaps the numbers-to-letters translation, which makes an allowance for the number “1” on a keypad not having any corresponding letters, explains why.