What are we to think? Last February, a Wheat Ridge, Colorado man named Robert Wallace, saw two men hooking his flatbed trailer up to their truck in his driveway beside his house. He grabbed his gun and ran out to stop them. They didn't stop, and according to Mr. Wallace tried to run him down on their way off his property. He shot twice, hitting one man in the face. Shortly thereafter one perpetrator dropped his wounded friend off at a hospital and disappeared.
It is said that the wheels of justice grind slow, but very fine. So far the district attorney has filed 12 felony counts against Mr. Wallace including 4 counts of attempted murder (don't worry, it's the New Math) and as of July 14th, no charges have been filed against the two admitted thieves Damacio Torres and Alvaro Cardona . They are suspected of being in the country illegally, and have rap sheets that include public fighting and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
The confusing box score on this case includes two elements. First, when Mr. Wallace called in the theft report of his trailer to Wheat Ridge police he didn't mention that he shot at anybody. Only when Denver police noticed that the truck that dropped off a gunshot victim was the same as the truck described as hauling off a stolen trailer did pieces begin to come together. When Mr. Wallace was re-interviewed he admitted shooting at the thieves as they were escaping. Because he didn't claim to be in fear for his life, he was charged with attempted murder. Because the theft occurred outside his house, the Colorado Castle Doctrine laws didn't come into play. Self defense must include your real belief that you face bodily harm or death from the assailant.
The charges against the two thieves are being held in abeyence because they are thought to be involved in a larger vehicle theft ring investigation that is still ongoing. Their charges will be placed in concert with the larger investigation that is still ongoing. These facts come from a Wheat Ridge police explanation.
Now, if I can just figure out how shooting at two men gets you four attempted murder charges.....