According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a man placed a few iPads for sale on Craigslist for more than they’re worth and had one stolen. Instead of simply calling 911 first and letting the police handle the matter, the seller, using one of the two guns he was legally carrying on his person at the time, allegedly fired a shot. Both the seller who fired the gun and later the iPad thief were arrested.
From the criminal complaint:
On Sunday, April 3, 2011 at approximately 10:54 p.m., Jesse Jay Cherrier, date of birth 12/8/1980, dialed 911 and reported that an iPad had just been stolen from him. An officer met with Cherrier at a gas station in the City of West St. Paul, Dakota County, Minnesota, to take Cherrier’s report. Cherrier reported that he had listed four iPads for sale on the Internet for $925 to $1,000, and an unknown male had contacted him to purchase one of the iPads. Cherrier and the prospective purchaser sat in Cherrier’s SUV in a gas station parking lot on Robert Street discussing the sale of the iPad. The prospective purchaser took the iPad from where it was resting on the center console of Cherrier’s vehicle and jumped out of the vehicle with the iPad, running west along Marie Avenue. Cherrier stated he chased the prospective purchaser on foot but had not been able to catch him. An eyewitness spoke with another officer and reported that she had seen a man run from an SUV, and saw the driver chase the man westbound on Marie Avenue. The witness reported that the driver took out a gun and shot it down Marie Avenue in the direction of the man he was chasing. When Cherrier was asked if he had any weapons in his possession, he responded that he did, and that he had fired a shot in the air as the prospective purchaser ran away with his iPad. Cherrier was placed under arrest. Cherrier had a Springfield Armory XD 0.40 handgun in a holster on his right hip, and a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 0.38 handgun in his right coat pocket. A spent shell casing from the Springfield Armory handgun was found about 100 feet from a High School on Marie Avenue. Cherrier had a State of Minnesota Permit to Carry a Pistol, Reference #110031938 in his wallet.
Do you find it strange that someone would list four iPads for more than sticker price and then head to the sale carrying two guns on their person? Do you think they were expecting to confront potential thieves with gunfire? Why do you suppose the seller/gunman decided to use the gun in his holster as opposed to the one in his pocket? Do you believe the seller/gunman’s story that he shot it into the air rather than at the thief running away? Is this the problem with gun carry law; people attempting to do the job of the police?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.