According to WMCActionNews5.com, Jamal Swift was shot by a man whom Mr. Swift was trying to rob at gunpoint — except Mr. Swift’s gun didn’t fire during the encounter.
Backstory: According to police, Mr. Swift tried to kill someone who turned up to buy his car, which he had offered for sale on Craigslist. When the potential buyer arrived, Swift pulled a gun on the car-shopper and demanded $400.
The victim told police he was standing about 5 feet away from Mr. Swift when the latter demanded the money. But when Mr. Swift pulled the trigger on his gun, it did not fire.
So, the victim pulled his own gun and shot Mr. Swift as he tried to run away.
Mr. Swift has been charged with attempted aggravated robbery, attempted first-degree murder, and using a gun while committing a felony.
Law Shield takeaways:
— If a reasonable person would think a robber is trying to get away to gain a tactical advantage, retrieve another weapon and project more deadly force on the victim, the victim may be able to make a legitimate case for self-defense in shooting. And you never know whether a purported robber is trying to escape or trying to maneuver.
— Also, we wonder what Mr. Swift’s gun make and model are, because we sure don’t want one.
Of course, Mr. Swift is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.