December 29, 2009, - 10:49 pm
This story is sooo Detroit, it really needs no commentary.
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Tigh Croff’s home in Detroit had been broken into three times in the last week.
So when he found two men in his backyard on the 8600 block of Manistique at 12:30 a.m. Monday, the east-side resident — who is licensed to carry a gun — gave chase, Detroit police said.
One man got away through the streets south of Jefferson and Alter. The other stopped running, turned around, put his hands up and, according to a police source, taunted the 31-year-old homeowner.
“What are you going to do?” Herbert Silas of Detroit reportedly asked, his hands still in the air. “Shoot me?”
“Absolutely,” Croff told investigators he replied before pulling the trigger, the source said. Silas was hit once in the chest, killing him.
I feel sorry the guy died, and yes, police should have been called and he should have been arrested. But try waiting for the Detroit police to arrive to arrest him. We’re talking hours. And he tried to rob the guy and risked his life by doing so. And isn’t 53, deceased robber Silas’ age, a little old to be in the robbery biz? Yes, I feel compassion for this dead man. But this is Detroit for ya.
Croff is going to be charged with second-degree murder. And I understand that, because you are only allowed to use as much force as is necessary to protect life and limb. However, in Michigan, we also have a new law that says that, once an intruder comes on your property or in your home, you don’t have a duty to retreat.
We’ll see how that law is tested here, since he didn’t retreat once the thief left his property.
Tags: 53, Detroit, Herbert Silas, House, Manistique, murder, robbery, second degree murder, Tigh Croff