Road rage ends in fatal shooting in NW Harris County – Houston Chronicle

Road rage ends in fatal shooting in NW Harris County – Houston Chronicle.

Details are still sketchy at best but, the shooter is CHL holder and she is claiming self-defense.  Reports are, the decedent (don’t know that he’s a victim yet) was banging on the shooter’s, driver-side window in a manner that caused her to believe she was in imminent danger. At first glance, that might justify her actions.  However, there are also reports of this being a case of shooter allegedly being cut off by the decedent and then zooming around said decedent and slamming on her brakes to cause the accident that lead to the confrontation.  When it’s a situation of your own making and one that involves criminal or reckless behavior, it can be harder to argue that you were an innocent victim in your use of force.

-Gary

The latest update on this case supports self-defense. Crystal Scott pulled into a gas station behind the driver of a pickup with whom she’d had a collision.  That pickup driver ran toward Ms. Scott’s vehicle and began beating on her car.  When the man started trying to open the door, Ms. Scott believed the man was about to gain entry to the car and assault her. As a result, Ms.Scott fired through her window to stop the driver from assaulting her. She then called 911 and waited for police to arrive.  The driver was DRT (dead right there), having been shot twice in the chest.

-GM

One thought on “Road rage ends in fatal shooting in NW Harris County – Houston Chronicle

  1. In light of the recent NW Houston road rage case. I have some question.
    1. What criteria must be met to justify deadly force?
    2. Does the Castle Doctrine meet that criteria?
    3. Does the Castle Doctrine apply to motor vehicles? Including rentals?
    4. Could the Castle Doctrine be used as a defense for the Houston case if forceful entry was being attempted?
    I listen to your show/podcaast ever Sunday. I would love to hear your reply.

    Thanks Bob

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