Make no mistake about it – killing a human being, even in self-defense, is a tragedy.
In the case of homicide justified in self-defense, it’s the second-worst tragedy there is.
The Hennepin County Attorney has h declined to prosecute Christopher Lamotte – a bouncer at Grumpy’s Bar, in Northeast Minneapolis – for the shooting of Tirso Gomez. Gomez allegedly attacked the bouncer with a knife after a closing-time altercation outside the bar:
Minneapolis police asked that no charges be filed, as investigators thought it was a justified killing. Prosecutors agreed, telling FOX 9’s Paul Blume on Friday it was “a valid claim of self defense.”
The Hennepin County attorney’s office said bouncers are not afforded any special privileges in their role as security enforcers at bars and clubs. The right to have a weapon on site is up to individual management and ownership. There was no sign on the door at Grumpy’s banning guns.
I wonder if a bouncer in Saint Paul could expect the same sort of justice.