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Man Attempts to Stop Felon and Charged

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A man uses his firearm to stop a wanted felon and he’s now facing criminal charges.

Medford police say the incident started around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. They responded to an apartment complex on the 2000 block on Table Rock Road for a disturbance call. When officers were on scene, they heard a gunshot and a man running out toward the parking lot.

Police say 40 year-old Jonathon Kinsella, a wanted felon, was running. 36 year-old Corey Thompson told NewsWatch 12, he shot a warning shot at Kinsella because he was trying to break in through his back door.

“This is the end result. You break into someone’s house, there’s consequences,” explained Thompson.

Thompson says he grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle and told Kinsella to stop near his back door.

“When I’m dealt with a stressful situation, being a veteran from Iraq and the Afghanistan war, it’s natural. I just jump into combat mode. I told him I’m going to give you a warning shot,” said Thompson.

But police say that was not the right move.

“There was nothing that the suspect was doing that was aggressive enough to justify the shooting. In fact, the suspect was walking  away,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Thompson was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and Reckless Endangering.

“I can see where they’re coming from, with those kinds of  ordinances and stuff. I understand yes, I did discharge my  weapon but I was careful not to fire it at any body’s residence. It  was at the ground specifically,” explained Thompson.

Unlike bullets from handguns, police say firing bullets from assault rifles can skip.

“They just don’t hit something and absorb. Especially if it’s something with that high velocity. It could skip off of objects and wind up going into a  house, through a wall, through a window,” said Lt. Budreau.

Police took Thompson’s assault rifle because they say it was used in the commission of a crime. If a judge finds Thompson not guilty, he will get his firearm back.

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  1. rick says:

    flippin cops need to go…ask jos.county my family does fine without cops allready gottin rid of a few bad guys ..we need that hear..bad guys and gals invited here…WORD TO THE IDIOTS ….WE ARE ARMED YOU ARE IN DANGER..

    1. Lucas says:

      Anyone who fires a weapon at someone who is walking away displaying no threat is not right in the head. I knew something like this would happen after Cory left the US Navy/Army it was just a matter of when and where. I know this first hand because I was married to this fool. He has priors and had to get a waiver to join the navy for an assault he was convicted, and when he got out of the Army he made is very clear he had a new rifle and wasn’t afraid to use it if he felt the need. He is the idiot in this case. I just hope the judge does his homework in this case for when it goes to trial. He is a disgrace to US military.

      1. ARLibertarian says:

        Cory was married to someone named Lucas ?!

        1. Jon says:

          lol

        2. Lucas says:

          Not going to use my real name.

          1. Alex says:

            What you say may be true, but it’s pretty obvious you are disgruntled and scorned. How about keeping your dirty laundry to yourself? Oh, that’s right…When you post using a pseudonym like “Lucas” there’s no reason to bite your tongue. If your motive is truly to see him get help (if indeed he does need it, not just based on your rumor-mongering), why not send a letter with your information to the DA and/or Judge? Real classy, lady.

          2. Lucas Lies says:

            Just like you aren’t going to matter to anyone. Sorry but anyone can say anything online. I think I will support a man defending himself over a person who has a ax to grind. Even if he was a 3 time murder he was justified in his actions.

        3. Purple Wilson says:

          He fired it at the ground. Not at the person – the WANTED FELON who was attempting to break into his home.
          And you should perform a little research on the police in this country if you think this guy was out of line. You can spend less than six minutes on youtube watching that shit before you’ll want to puke and start packing.

          Moreover, if the wanted felon in question had a name more to the tune of “Taysean Reese” or something, we’d be reading about how the police saw him running at them after they heard a gunshot and gunned him the f%ck down.

      2. Asp says:

        hmmm… you aren’t bias at all…

        He gave the felon a a warning shot, exactly what the Biden told us we should do.
        Your comments are so off, i wonder if it’s you who ‘is not right in the head’. Anyone who owns a weapon should not be afraid to use it if need be. His only mistake is he should have waited until the felon broke into the house, then shot him dead.

        1. Alex says:

          Exactly…Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      3. Jon says:

        I’m US army I would have shot the perp dead. Im not nice to criminals I will kill you and have 0 remorse about it I dont care if your walking away from me or toward me.

        1. Michael says:

          I would’ve shot him dead and said a prayer for his soul.

      4. Andybinga says:

        Since when is “trying to break in through his back door” not a threat?

      5. Wendy says:

        Humm you were Married to him Lucas? Did they Typo his name in the Article, because it says Corey, not Cory, also was he in the Army, or the Navy, you seem to be somewhat confused there. Generally people choose one branch of the service, somehow I think you are full of crap,

        1. lucas says:

          No.. he was in the Navy for 2 yrs they kicked him out and then cross rated to the Army cuz thats the only branch that would accept that idiot then the Army kicked him so now he calls himself a vet whatever you seem to not know how to read and article Wendy …. use your head

      6. Clay says:

        Pretty sure his ex would know what branch of the miilitary he was in. Nice try though Lucas.
        Also, I think that Lt. Budreau needs an education in ballistics, because he clearly has no clue what he is talking about. This isn’t “The Naked Gun”, and bullets don’t go flying around the room bouncing off 15 different surfaces, ESPECIALLY high velocity rounds. They are designed to fragment violently on impact. It’s a good thing we have “experts” like Budreau out there. Heaven help us.

        P.S. If he had a double barrel shotgun and fired indiscriminately from his balcony he probably would have been just fine though, right?

        1. Mf says:

          While I agree that a shot into the dirt isn’t going to go skipping around, most people are putting FMJ rounds through their ARs, and the definitely aren’t designed to fragment. Auite the opposite.

          1. bruceb64 says:

            Quit making Assumptions! You have NO idea what type of round he fired. He was Defending himself, with a Legal Weapon that he Legally owned with Legal Ammo he Legally Purchased!!! I hope he gets off

        2. Michael says:

          I agree, shooting a high powered round at the ground is for the most part safe. To be honest if he shot the person there would be a greater chance of collateral damages, Using that logic police should not be able to use a weapon to defend themselves because they could hurt someone else.

      7. Kenneth says:

        It was the cops who said the burglar was walking away. And how do they know that? Let me guess, the burglar told them that, and they took his word over the person he was trying to rob. What??? So they saw him running, didn’t they stop to think that he didn’t start running until the home owner shot his weapon? The charges that were brought against the home owner are bogus! He was protecting his home and that is fully constitutional!

        Cops are wacked, our justice system is a joke, God help us all!

        Lord Jesus Come Quickly!

        1. beachtennisguy says:

          (responding to your last comment) Amen, brother.

      8. John Lloyd Scharf says:

        So, you swallowed whole that claim by the police that the felon was actually going to leave? This felon was wanted for assault as well as burglary before this. Did you think he should have a chance to turn around?

        He fired into the ground and there was no ricochet. Obviously it would not because it did not. In fact, if you pulled the bullet from the ground, I would be surprised if it had not fragmented into small pieces.

        The police hate it when they are second guessed, even when they end up threatening other people’s lives. Perhaps the police of Medford should be given a warning that they will lose their firearm permanently if they ever fire a shot “indiscriminately,” even if there is a fleeing felon.

    2. mike says:

      in this case the cops are correct and in most states warrning shots are against the law. however if someone is at your door and tring to brake in wait just in side and after they step inside they are a treat and then you can help them meet thier maker

    3. The 313 says:

      Lt. Mike Budreau should be relieved of his duty. The residents in his jurisdiction should be ashamed and fearful of his dis-service. They would be protected by combat veterans than a rouge police department.

  2. Bill says:

    An AR-15 is NOT an ‘assault rifle’! Try to be accurate.

  3. Tanya says:

    AR-15 is NOT a true assault rifle. it LOOKS like an assault rifle and people assume it is one because of the AR part but it is NOT a true assault rifle.

    All the following From Wikipedia AR-15 comes from the ArmaLite name and stands for “ArmaLite Rifle”[

    The AR-15 (ArmaLite Rifle-15) is a lightweight, 5.56 mm, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifle, with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It is manufactured with the extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials.

    The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as an assault rifle for the United States armed forces. [8] Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. The select-fire version of the AR-15 entered the U.S. military system as the M16 rifle. Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963.[9] Although the name “AR-15″ remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.

    Rifles that meet most of these criteria, but not all, are technically not assault rifles despite frequently being considered as such. For example, semi-automatic-only rifles like the AR-15 (on which the M16 rifle is based) that share parts or design characteristics with assault rifles are not assault rifles, as they are not capable of switching to automatic fire and thus are not selective-fire capable. Belt-fed weapons or rifles with fixed magazines are likewise not assault rifles because they do not have detachable box magazines.

    The term “assault rifle” is often more loosely used for commercial or political reasons to include other types of arms, particularly arms that fall under a strict definition of the battle rifle, or semi-automatic variant of military rifles such as AR-15s.

    Just thought news reporting should be truthful not just passing along buzzwords that are incorrect.

    1. Kurpa says:

      Who cares if it’s an “assault rifle” or not? Citizens have a natural right to own one, whether or not it is technically an “assault rifle.”

  4. Candice says:

    Cory is my neighbor. We all sleep better at night knowing someone is doing something to show these people they cannot keep vandalizing our property!! This is not the first attempted break-in in our apartment complex, nor the first vandalism and so far the police have told us our only option is to catch it on tape to prove who it was. Cory caught this guy red handed and went back to what he was trained to do to protect our country and used that to protect his (and our) home! These charges should be dropped.

    1. Teresa says:

      Please get the tenents of your apartment building together and defend this man. If the police won’t listen, go to the press! Enough is enough! Until the citizens stand up, the government will just keep railroading its trainwreck.

    2. Dark Space says:

      Well his ex-wife, Lucas, disagrees. ;)

      You should help this guy out and start a legal fund. Post a link, I’ll contribute to it. He needs to hit back strong so they’ll back down. Frankly I would’ve shot the guy and then felt horrible that I’d killed a person – happy I protected the neighborhood, but sad someone had to die – Corey is a better man than me. He protected the neighborhood, did not kill anyone, and put the criminals on notice that your neighborhood was not to messed with. The cops came, arrested the good guy, and put the criminals on notice that the neighborhood was now defenseless?!?!

  5. NOYB says:

    Seriously?! No, it’s because he’s a white veteran, and the Medford cops are too quick to throw people in jail. They tried to pull the same crap with me. I was being attacked, so I pulled out a knife for protection and got thrown in jail for “menacing”. Later on the DA practically laughed, they never even had a trial, and I was told to “forget the issue ever happened”. A man was breaking into his home. Americans have the right to use a gun to deter people on your property. The back door of a house is your property, plus the guy was a wanted man. Christ.

  6. Mark says:

    Possibly he should have “let” the scum-bag enter his house, threaten him or his family, and then he could have legally ended this criminal’s career.

  7. D'Lene says:

    Sounds like the reason the guy was running away was because Corey told him he had a
    gun and was going to fire a warning shot, the guy was not sure where the shot would be aimed, and ran. The officer said ” we heard a shot..then saw a man running away”.

  8. Lee says:

    An AR-15 is no way, and has never been an “Assault Rifle”. The reporter when she says that it is, makes her look ignorant. An AR-15 does not have select fire that the M-16 has. The officer or what ever he is, sounds just as ignorant, all bullets can ricochet but the rifle’s intermediate bullet isn’t any special round. There is a reason at most shooting range they have dirt behind the targets, the bullets don’t “skip” into someones residence or any persons. This report contains so much *derp my brain itches.

  9. janey says:

    “Unlike bullets from handguns, police say firing bullets from assault rifles can skip.”

    I think that the police should really go over their ballistics manual again. Their statement is inaccurate.

    They should be thanking this guy instead of charging him with anything.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely absurd. You can’t even defend your family without consequences these days. America, what are you doing? The “only” reason his ‘rifle’ was confiscated is because he is a Vet, it’s not the first time someone’s weapons were confiscated because of home protection. Vets all over the Nation are falling victim to being a weapons confiscation on the simple grounds of being a ‘Vet’. Wake up.

  11. Dan says:

    1. You can’t claim that you shot someone in self defense if they’re running away from you.

    2. Never fire a warning shot. This is something that any CHL holder or anyone who has taken a firearms safety course would know. For the exact reasons that the police mentioned, it is a very irresponsible thing to do.

    3. “Thompson says he grabbed his AR-15 assault rifle…” So, either he specifically called it an assault rifle or kdrv is misquoting him. With both the media’s push on making firearms scary and this guy’s apparent lack of common sense, neither would surprise me.

    The police are right in charging him and shame on him for being a vet and a gun owner who has no clue about firearm safety.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Thank you for your common sense in this serious situation. He really didn’t read or go to the firearms safety course because he just wants to fire the weapon and think its his God given right just because he is a veteran hmmm I wonder why he was discharged from the Army.

      1. Kurpa says:

        It’s his right because he’s a human being. It has nothing to do with having been in the Army.

      2. Ugh says:

        “didn’t read or go to the firearms safety course…” — ugh, he’s a trained military officer for god’s sake! He knows how to use a rifle! He knew that a rifle round can go through many walls, he knew that the ground will stop a rifle round, he didn’t injure the criminal – commendable. The police are intentional lying agents of the evil agenda to confiscate veterans’ guns because of the evil torture & murder tyranny that the global crime syndicate is trying to smack down on America – this is documented and proven over and over. BTW a handgun has more of a tendency to bounce whereas a rifle will penetrate, right?

    2. John says:

      I agree on all points Dan. I am sorry that this event came to these straights, but at the end of the day, the person shooting needs to be able to justify why they did what they did. I try as part of the shooting academy I run to reinforce safety, sound shooting skills, and to promote awareness for people to continue to practice sound firearm safety at all times.
      And yes, AR-15 rifles are NOT “assault rifles.” Terminology is everything; if you can’t say it, you can’t do it….. Hopefully we can keep educating people as to what defensive firearms are, and what are actual military issue rifles, and put the “assault rifle” misnomer to rest forever. There are differences and people should call things by their actual names.

    3. G-Man says:

      A veteran knows PLENTY about gun safety. We are taught not to escalate directly to the most extreme form of force; lethal force. Often a warning shot will stop an incident from becoming a lethal incident. This man fired a round into the ground. That’s rather prudent placement for a warning shot in the middle of a populated area. If he’d fired it into the air, that would have been irresponsible. It is time that we petition the city council to replace the chief of police. This is only the latest in a long string of instances that show he is not directing his force to enforce the constitution and honor the oath they took to uphold it. He clearly places his liberal political agenda above protecting the citizens of the city.

  12. TheRaven says:

    What is it about people in the news media that makes them so difficult to teach? An AR-15 is not an assault weapon, and it never has fit the definition of “assault weapon.”

    An AR-15 is a weapon, and you can use it in an assault. But it’s not an assault weapon. An assault weapon has a “select-fire” switch that allows it to fire rounds continuously with a single pull of the trigger. An AR-15 has no such switch.

    A grape is a fruit, but that doesn’t make it a “grapefruit.”

    Reporter: If you’re going to make ignorant comments in stories you write, don’t blame your readers for calling you “ignorant.”

  13. Bill says:

    The robber should sue the home-owner for being scared. Maybe even for hearing damage. I am sure the robber can find a doctor who will testify to the hearing loss, and a liberal judge will back a big award for damages. Bib Sis was right. America’s veterans are dangerous, and the second amendment is un-constitutional. 10-years minimum for the home-owner with no chance for parole. Damn veterans should never have sent themselves to Iraq or Afghanistan.

    1. Marcus says:

      Are you being serious????? Sue the home owner for being scared? Does that mean the home owner can sue the robber for being scared too? Along with everything else you said it’s no wonder people feel it necessary to arm themselves for protection from people like you!!
      It’s nice to see how proud of your country you really are. The next time you feel your life is threatened you should ask the perp to stop for a second so you can call the cops and see how long it takes for them to show up. Let us know how that works out for you, OK?

      1. Nate says:

        “Sarcasm” or “Satire”. Look it up…

  14. Joe says:

    This wasn’t a case of breaking & entering. The homeowner was at home making it a case of attempted home invasion. Anyone willing to break into an occupied home must be considered highly dangerous. Jon Kinsella is fortunate that his life wasn’t ended. The police department is fortunate that they were dealing with a warning shot & not a chalk outline.

  15. Heyoka says:

    Police can shoot a person for trying to escape… so the delegated authority that each on of us gave the government to conduct such business is that right. They have no more authority than the “individual citizen”. That is the meaning of a Republic. If these power mad bozos can shoot or fire a warning shot then every citizen has the right, that is where they got their authority to do so.

    Small 55 grain bullets fired into the ground disrupt if the ground is hard enough, otherwise the bullet simply buries it self. You guys need to look into the Common Law of Oregon and come from that angle. The attorneys don’t like it because they want to be in charge and they cannot manipulate the Common Law as they can the commercial law they use.

    The cops just want a monopoly on the right to apprehand criminals, it gives them a sense of power over others. They need to know that you people are the rigthful authority and you have merely delegated some of the right to them so they can do their job… They don’t like their job, let them know that are free to find another.

    EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS AND YOUR DUTY!!!!

  16. Glenn says:

    Seeing the victim charged with a crime is not justice. A genuine evaluation of the enforcement of the law needs to be considered.

  17. 7munchkins says:

    Medford, you need to fire your police chief and get somebody in there that understands our God given right to protect ourselves. Of course I won’t hold my breath since Oregon is following California right down the crapper.

  18. Charlie Primero says:

    Anyone breaking into my house will not receive a warning shot.

    They will be shot by surprise until they are no longer a threat to my family.

    Call the Medford City Council and demand they fire Police Chief Tim George before he gets people killed by criminals.

    1. fdgjrs6u says:

      Amen!

    2. SecondThoughts says:

      I think the Police Chief and the D.A. need to go. Officers will make mistakes in the field, but if the powers that be don’t make this right then they need to go. My wife and I are considering moving to Medford, however I will refuse to let my tax dollars go to support cowards in charge of the justice system.

  19. TAco says:

    I would have done the same thing. The guy was walking away? Really? How could the guy inside know that for certain? He’s defending his home in the middle of the night…at that hour an expectation of safety exists…the intruder KNOWS you are probably home and KNOWS that they will encounter people…what will they do with these people?

    These cops should be arrested doing this. And any type of bullet can skip…yet that never stops a cop in the line of duty. This man was defending his home and I would have done the exact same thing…only the warning shots would have been into the intruder’s chest…

    1. John Lloyd Scharf says:

      As a former correctional officer, I was trained there was a designated area for a warning shot. It was to warn those who are not aggressors to get down on their faces. I can see the reason for using it. The last thing anyone should ever want to do is take a life. To me, center mass is the belly button and the only order to be given is “STOP!” I do not need to justify myself or concern myself what direction he appears to be going if I am concerned for my life. I would not have said anything about what direction the aggressor was going. He attempted to enter the house. All bets are off after that.

      1. 1shot1kill says:

        He should have told the “police” that he shot at the perp, but missed and the bullet went into the ground, then the perp turned and started running.

  20. old_timer says:

    I have one thing to say to anyone breaking into my home. “I am military trained and I shoot to kill”.

  21. Pastor Glenn Koons says:

    The absurdity of state and local laws, especially in Blue States, Dem liberal states, like Oregon are going to get more self defense people killed than the perps. These laws must be changed to allow self defense gun firings against any type of criminal, burglar, killer, rapist, gang thug. Enough of this namby pampy progressive baloney where the perp takes advantage of the victim because some liberal dunce legislators and or cops or judges just don’t like guns. Medford City should be ashamed of itself as should all Blue state law enforcement and Dem legislative pacifists who think they know best about an individual’s safety for him, or her family rights. Time to nail all the criminals before this nation under liberalism commits national suicide.

  22. Jon Weiss says:

    This reminds me of the mornic response by the Lane County Attorney when my mother was attacked by my step dads ex wife, The woman took a claw hammer and swung it at my mothers head missing by less than an inch and stuck the hammer through the door, The County Attorneys office said that there was no crime committed by the ex wife because she did not actually hit anyone. The legal system in Oregon has been liberalized to the point of idiocy.

    1. G-Man says:

      Hey I know that symbol! In fact I wore it on a patch on my arm for a few years… Toujours Pret! Always nice to see another second dragoon wandering around!

  23. Gordy Brown says:

    As a paramedic I once exceeded the speed limit to respond to an officer shot. I made a risk/benefit decision. The risk of an accident was outweighed by the benefit of saving a life. I would have gladly paid the ticket had that officer written me up for speeding. He lived, by the way.

    Mr. Thompson made a risk/benefit decision as well. The risk was that an officer interested in keeping the unruly cattle at bay would arrest him for discharging his firearm. The benefit was that he would not only thwart the break-in, he would teach a would be-felon and threat a life’s lesson. I bet he is willing to “pay the ticket” if need be. I just hope that doesn’t cloud his judgement in the future.

    On first brush, I think I would have done similar. Problem is, in the heat of the moment we have to make decisions quickly. Pompus people can sit and judge in retrospect, but weren’t there to experience the terror of a known criminal violating their life. His military training probably allowed him to fall back on similar decisions under fire. Again, something the average person can’t even comprehend.

    I’m sure the judge will do what is right. If not, a rally is not only necessary, it is inevitable. If not resolved, people will most likely wait for entry and killings will result.

  24. Steve Maturo says:

    good call lots of mistakes..

  25. Ern Eli says:

    Candice, I agree with you. It appears that the community will have to come together real soon and get Newswatch 12 behind you. It appears the ‘authorities’ are far reaching their authority. Sending peace and love with this message to Cory and Community.

  26. Andy Garrett says:

    If Mr. Thompson can be legally charged with the discharge of his firearm inside his own home for the purpose of ending an invasion of his home, then laws in Medford, Oregon are being passed by power hungry, oppressive, and dillusional politicians.
    Any charges against Mr. Thompson should be dropped immediately, and his weapon should be returned to him along with a box of ammo and a thank you note from the Medford Police Department.

  27. truthguy says:

    Sadly there are far, far too many reports of total mistreatment by goofy cops against ex-military personnel. One of these days the ex-military will decide, as a group; that they’ve had too much of this treatment and turn on these moronic cops. Who do you suppose will, come out on top? The cops just have to see if they can find some wee bits of brain, and improve their actions; before they end up having their own spilled all over the ground.

  28. A Citizen says:

    If you aren’t (reasonably) in fear for your life, then deadly force isn’t justified, and you don’t fire the weapon. Period. If the person is moving away from you and your family, then it’s unreasonable to believe you are in danger. From the sounds of it, the police saw the guy running away *before* Thompson fired his weapon, clearly indicating that there was no threat.

    Also, you never fire a warning shot. If you are justified in firing the weapon, you fire to eliminate the threat.

    1. G-Man says:

      A warning shot is NOT deadly force. It is the last step in the escalation of force BEFORE the employment of deadly force.

  29. Aaron says:

    AR15, aka not an assault rifle.

  30. Greg says:

    Common sense would dictate advising this gentleman so that the conduct is not repeated, and also using it as an opportunity to educate the general public. Charging the man or taking his personal property after he defended his home and assisted in the apprehension of a known felon is heavy-handed and predatory on the part of local law enforcement, and discourages people from seeking to do the right thing. Most states do not approach an incident of this nature in such a manner. Oregon–and the local police and prosecutor–would be wise to step back and reevaluate their approach. I believe a more proactive approach is warranted.

  31. Ursasolus says:

    Someone please sign Lt. Budreau up for a class in firearms and ballistics; so that the next time he is interviewed about various firearms and the probably physics of rounds fired from those firearms, he will give factual information as opposed to some inacurate Hollywood magic bullet theory. I think he should also write the definition of assault rifle on the black board about 1000 times, so he can get that one correct as well.

  32. jb says:

    cops are the real criminals.

  33. dv8devine@yahoo.com says:

    same thing happend to me in california in 2007, I plead guilty to brandishing a loaded firearm on my property when I chased away a trespasser at my front door threatening to stab and kill me in front of my children and threatening to stab and kill my pregnant wife and unborn child. I got convicted of felony assault with a deadly weapon, they seized my 9mm handgun, now i have a felony record for protecting my life and my family. be careful if you own a firearm where and when you even unholster it.
    felons can never own or posses a firearm again in their lifetime…I hope you take this not as a plead for sympathy but as a warning about your rights and protection. the story goes a lot deeper the guy had been harassing and threatening my family for 8 years and with all the police reports of his harassment , harassing phone calls, verbal harassment witnessed and reported by local police and sheriffs nothing was ever done about him he walked away unscaved everytime but the moment you try to protect yourself when law enforcement doesn’t, good luck

  34. R says:

    We had a similar issue here in NY this past week; a man had two many rounds in his legally-purchased magazine for the cop, who arrested him for weapons violations. Fortunately a legislator came to his defense and the DA refused to prosecute, and he is free now.

    I hope you guys are as intelligent as us New Yorkers… I guess…

  35. Jeff says:

    Budreau said: “”””””There was nothing that the suspect was doing that was aggressive enough to justify the shooting.”””””””””

    How would YOU know LT.? YOU WEREN’T THERE!

    The classic fall back excuse for every LEO in the country when excusing another officer, I wasn’t there.

    Negligent discharges, dead citizens, etc. etc. etc. cops get away with murder nearly everyday in this country.

    Now they want to string of a law abiding Veteran for taking care of SAFETY. Citizen safety doesn’t get the same treatment and leeway as “officer safety”.

  36. VErn says:

    ALL bullets are capable of skipping. High velocity rounds have a tendency to fragmet upon impact and expend a lot of energy on first impact. They are light weight at 55 to 65 grains (in the case of an AR-15) as compared to 125gr to 210 grains for many of the handgun calibers.

    The criminal is lucky. If it were my place, he would not be running away, he would be looked over by the coroner.

  37. Randal says:

    How did we manage to let control freak liberals take away our right to discharge a weapon on our own property when confronted with an intruder at all? Hell, a little ringing in his ears might be an excellent reminder later on about the perils of being a thief. This vet might have done the community a great service. But we get some girly-man DA who thinks every welfare mom on the street must be free from, omg, the sound of a rifle being fired on the extremely rare occasions when one of their boyfriends gets caught in the act. Let it go, you dumb cop. Or go live in California with the other do-gooder freedom-haters.

  38. Mike Littlefield says:

    Isn’t this the same state where a woman got raped because calling 911 didn’t get her the help she needed?

  39. G-Man says:

    You see the issue here is that the police force in Medford is run by and filled with crazed liberals. By definition all criminals are also liberals. What the police are doing is protecting their constituents; liberals, while they are pursuing their career; committing crime. It is time to petition the city counsel to replace the ineffectual leadership of the force and if they will not do it, then it is time for the voters to replace them in the next election.

  40. RidgeRunner says:

    “But police say that was not the right move.”
    Well, what is the Right Move ?
    Wait for the felon to return?And then what – wait for him to harm you?
    Have the felon break into the neighbor’s house?
    Let him go and commit more crimes?

    Is it every citizen’s duty to apprehend or stop a crime from happening to you or your neighbors or just kick back, dial 9-1-1 and hope for the best ?
    A lot of questions are unanswered in Medford.

  41. James says:

    All in all the real error with this is the idea the judge will decide this mans fate ? What happened to trial by a jury of your peers! Hell I would find him not guilty then walk over & shake his hand saying next time son let the s.o.b. break in then discharge weapon!

  42. Nate says:

    wow. that’s just ridiculous. about as ridiculous as say someone breaking into your house, getting bit by your dog, then winning a lawsuit over it. and ya it happens. Which is bull****. honestly your supposed to give a warning shot. I was taught to fire two shots. first through the guy if he was in the house, second through the roof to say I fired a warning shot. im happy ive never had to, but why cant we at least defend ourselves if we are put in a dangerous situation ?????

  43. theotherwhitemeat says:

    oregon police ***** retarded. A ****** wanted felon on the loose? Breaking entry into a house. If the ***** correctional officers cannot do their ****** jobs at prison by keeping their inmates behind bars whats the argument, shoot the dumb *******!

  44. dakotashooter2 says:

    If I was the judge in this case I’d probably reprimand the clown that brought up the charges.

  45. Robert Hauser says:

    As is so often said now and is so true….when split seconds count, the pork will show up within the hour. Well, the ****** cops can take their thousands of firearms “ordinances” and State “:laws” and ram them right where angels fear to tread and seagulls don’t quite fit….when my life is in danger, they and their “laws” can go to **** in a five gallon slop bucket….uh, sir…sir….please stop trying to break my door down…I have a 15 in here but I can’t use it to defend myself because of Oregon State Law…so may I please put you on hold while I go ask one of my neighbors if they have a handgun so that the round won’t skip? Just take a break and light up a jay or do a line and I’ll be back as soon as I can….

    “If the ‘judge’ finds Corey ‘not guilty’, he’ll get his firearms back”….well, now, that is god damned downright White of ya, “judge”….how about a few thousand in punitive damages from your stinking city for the trouble and for police misconduct and for felony violation of my Constitutional rights? Huh? The cops can eat dirt and go straight to **** on this one.
    Well, I sincerely hope that Corey has the good sense to demand a CommonLaw jury trial (or “informed” jury) and IMMEDIATELY files a citizen’s complaint against the cops who took his gun under threat of force and under “color of law” and files an action-at-CommonLaw against the freaking city. I guarantee that had this veteran used a .32 snub nosed revolver the coprophagous cops would have seized it too under any of a number of false pretexts they have ready to use. DO NOT TRUST COPS…THEY ARE NOTHING BUT DOMESTIC MERCENARIES. TAKE CARE OF IT YOURSELF.

  46. 4UP says:

    Part of the problem with this story is he said he fired a warning shot like he was trained in the military. Which military would that be? For no one in the military is trained in warning shots. Mr. Thompson told Sean Hannity in a recent interview on May 31, 2013 AND I QUOTE
    “THE GUN WAS AN AR 15 WHICH IS AN ASSAULT RIFLE, I HAVE AN AR 15 WHICH IS AN ASSAULT RIFLE, WHICH IS A HIGHER VELOCITY WEAPON I GUESS.
    THAT’S THE ONLY WEAPON I AM FAMILIAR WITH THAT’S WHAT I HAVE FOR HOME DEFENSE, THAT’S WHAT I HUNT WITH, THAT’S WHAT I GO SHOOTING AT THE TARGET RANGE WITH.”
    I’m curious about the whole “combat mode” thing since in none of my deployments to OIF or OEF were warning shots authorized. To make it a point of discussion in an interview really isn’t sitting right with me, especially with his justification of “when I get in stressful situations.” It just doesn’t make sense to me for this guy to say “I’m nervous and in combat mode” and also take the time to give a verbal warning then a warning shot. He should have just left the whole “combat” part out of the discussion. Soldiers have been reprimanded for firing warning shots in combat.
    I’ve been on the receiving end of wild Iraqi rifle fire (damned soccer games) and I can see where a warning shot could be considered reckless endangerment. I still get upset whenever I hear someone pop off during the 4th of July.
    Some of the other news sites are reporting things a little differently from each other, but a few are saying his warning shot is what scared the guy off. A couple of them argue that his options were either fire a warning or shoot to kill. Several states don’t consider home defense valid until they’re inside (especially since this was an apartment and not a house). While I can appreciate his not wanting to kill another person unless necessary, that bullet could have done a number of things after it hit the ground.
    HE IS MAKING A BIG BIG MISTAKE TALKING TO ALL THE MEDIA WITHOUT A LAWYER PRESENT….GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

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