Two robbers were shot, one fatally, in Venice, Missouri. Their intended target, a Vietnam veteran, pulled his own gun and shot both the perps.
The criminal who lived will be charged with the death of the first. This is because Missouri’s law allows for a criminal to be charged with the death of their accomplice if they are killed in the midsts of a felony.
Tough luck boys. Shouldn’t have gone where you didn’t belong, doing thing you have no business doing!
The shooting unfolded around 10 a.m. as the intended victim, a 70-year-old Vietnam veteran was driving a female friend to her house. The two were sitting in a vehicle outside of the residence when they were approached by the two suspects, who claimed to be asking for directions. But once the suspects had the attention of the couple in the vehicle, they pulled a gun and announced a robbery. The veteran, however, pulled a gun of his own and opened fire, striking both suspects.
Police responded to multiple calls of gunfire in the area and when they arrived, found Billy Dickerson, 19, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Dickerson’s accomplice, Perry Richardson, 23, was gravely injured after being shot in the chest and arm. He was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and once released will be taken to the Madison County Jail where he will be held without bail and charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison with no possibility of an early release.
The veteran was legally carrying, which means the shooting will likely be considered as justified. Dang right it was justified!
Madison County State’s Attorney, Tom Gibbons, said “Self-defense is an inalienable right in a free society, and the right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment,” he continued, “He was just an armed citizen who was able to defend himself and his friend and stopped what we’re learning was a crime spree by these individuals.”
Authorities have reason to believe Dickerson and Richardson were involved in more than 20 other armed robberies, including one about an hour before Dickerson was killed.