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| October 13, 2018

From Owensboro, KY 

Time and again, as the Free Thought Project has consistently reported, police officers will enter the home of an innocent person and kill them. As is the case most of the time, the officers aren’t charged despite gross negligence leading up to the innocent homeowner’s death. Or, if the homeowner does successfully defend themselves, they are often charged. In rare instances, however, homeowners defend themselves against the officers who come onto their property with no warrant or mistakenly and they are deemed justified in doing so.

David Turley, 63, was one of these homeowners who defended his home against who he thought was an intruder—but was actually a cop—and he has not been charged. What’s more, according to Turley, the cop opened fire on him and all Turley did was return fire. Luckily for Turley, officer Zachary Morris was a bad shot.

According to police, the incident happened Wednesday morning just before 6 a.m. in Turley’s neighborhood. Police say Morris was responding to a call about a “suspicious person” and when he arrived in the neighborhood, someone matching the description

Police say Morris pursued the person until he lost sight of him behind some houses. That’s when Turley heard someone trying to come into his yard.

“I heard some commotion over there by the fence,” said Turley. “I saw someone standing there with a flashlight on the ground, so I walked over to see what was going on. As I got closer, POW POW! And when he did, I had my weapon by my side and I just pulled up and fired and I started toward the ground to take cover.”

Turley told WFIE News that after he heard two bullets wiz past his head, he had no other option but to return fire.

“Once they shot two times at my face, I had no choice. I was in fear of my life, and I returned fire.”

Unlike Morris, Turley did not miss and the bullet struck the officer in the lower section of his bulletproof vest and fragmenting off into his abdomen. Luckily, the officer was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and is in good condition.

Turley said that he had no idea his bullet hit the officer until other police arrived.

After the incident, Turley was brought to the station for questioning. Instead of arresting him for shooting a police officer, however, Turley was let go without charges.

Police did confirm that Morris indeed fired his weapon. However, they have not confirmed whether or not he shot first. Indicating that he may have shot first though, is the fact that Turley was not immediately charged.

Turley explained to WFIE that he did what he did because he had no other choice but to protect his family.

“I got five grandkids in this house,” he said. “I’d lay my life down for every one of them.”  Police told WFIE that they have not determined whether or not they will charge anyone. However, since Turley is currently a free man after shooting at an officer, his chances look pretty good.

From Knoxville, TN

The man shot and killed allegedly trying to break into a home in northwest Knoxville doesn’t have a criminal record in Tennessee.

24-year-old Christopher Austin Desmarais was killed yesterday when police say he tried to force his way into a house on Lamp Drive.

Police say Desmarais beat on the door and tried to get into the home around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. When that didn’t work police say he tried to get into a window while armed with a handgun.

Records show a resident shot Desmarais with a shotgun.

“If the person who fires the weapon is in their residence, there is a statutory presumption that they acted reasonably, and so they don’t have to prove that they reasonably believed they were in danger,” said LMU law professor Brennan Wingerter.

Wingerter says a prosecutor would look carefully at Tennessee self-defense laws to consider the next steps.

“How likely it is that the person charged with the crime would be successful in showing that this was justifiable,” Wingerter said.

She says the timing of the killing could matter. The statute says the suspect has to have entered the home–in the past tense– for self-defense to be justifiable.

“A jury may look at that and say, ‘Well, the act of entering is enough,'” Wingerter said.

Wingerter says a lawyer would also want to know if the residents knew the alleged intruder and knew if they had a weapon.

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  1. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    Didn’t have a criminal record in Tennessee…….ok. But did he have a criminal record anywhere else?

  2. David says:

    Who wrote these articles, the local junior high?

  3. Cornholio says:

    “However, they have not confirmed whether or not he shot first.”

    They honestly think you should WAIT and, as a courtesy, give an intruder first crack at you?

  4. Joe says:

    Cops who have broken into homes have been shot and killed by police even if they had warrants but did not announce themselves.

    Too not announce yourself is a good way to get shoot.