Recently you may have heard of the July 23rd shooting of Keith Williams in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart at 2285 E. Ken Pratt Blvd. in Longmont. Well, now there appear to be some strange additions to the story that have entirely flipped the case on its head.
At the time of the original story release, it was reported that Joseph Anderson, a 34-year-old man from North Glenn was wanted for the second-degree murder of Keith Williams following their altercation at the Longmont Wal-Mart. Beyond that, however, the story didn’t offer many details, save for the information as to who to contact regarding the at-the-time on the run Joseph Anderson.
Now, as time has gone on and more information has been released to the public, what was at-first looking like a manhunt for a wanted murderer is turning into a case of a horrible reaction to a self-defense shooting.
It seems now that Joseph Anderson was in the process of meeting a female friend in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart, and during that meeting, Williams arrived. He seemed quite upset upon his arrival according to the woman’s account given to detectives. He even went so far as to grab a tire thumper and approach the two aggressively. Police later were told that Williams was the recent ex of the woman involved.
Wal-Mart store security footage then showed that there was a scuffle that began between Williams and Anderson and in the process of Anderson’s defense of himself, he pulled out a handgun and shot Williams in the chest.
Williams was quickly rushed to Longmont hospital and pronounced dead there. While Anderson made the tremendous mistake of fleeing the scene of the crime.
Joseph Anderson’s manhunt ended quickly, though with his capture by police. He was being held on $500,000 bond but has since been released. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said about the incident.
“We hate for anyone to lose a life, and we can’t imagine the pain the victim’s family must be going through. However, in this particular case, the evidence points to self-defense, so in the interest of justice, charges will not be filed.”
Now even though in the eyes of the law it is shown that Joseph Anderson was well within his right to defend himself in the manner which he did, he made one of the most critical mistakes a defensive shooter could make in fleeing the scene of the crime.
Emotions and adrenaline may never be higher than those moments, but just the same there needs to be calm and understanding when the cops become involved. We actually have several articles and videos here at Concealed Carry Inc. regarding exactly what to do after a deadly force incident, common mistakes that carriers make like this one, as well as notifying law enforcement about your carrying.
You can see just how huge of an issue a situation like this can blow into if you act rashly after a defensive gun use. Don’t be caught up in a nightmare following an already tragic incident. Be sure that if you have to do it, you do it by the book.
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