In 2019, Officer Nathan Heidelberg was shot while answering a call.
He and other officers were responding to an alarm having gone off at a residence,
When the officer entered the home, he was shot and killed by David Wilson, who stated that he believed the officer was a home invader.
The jury bought his self-defense claim, and he has been acquitted of all charges.
Was this self-defense?
The case appears to have been made by the testimony of a Texas Ranger and a police trainee.
Bodycam footage from the trainee showed officers arriving on the scene to find the front door unsecured.
As Heidelberg entered the home, he clearly announced his presence.
Wilson still opened fire on the officer, shooting and killing him.
Initially, Wilson was charged with second-degree manslaughter, but that charge was upgraded to murder.
The entire case hung on whether or not Wilson heard the officer announce his presence.
However, the Ranger and the trainee testified that it was possible that Wilson did not hear the officer announce his presence, thereby justifying this as a self-defense shooting.
Here is my concern…
With the assaults we have seen on police officers over the last two years, did the court just give an easy out for people who want to ambush police officers?
We have already seen traffic stops being used to ambush officers, so will we now start to see home alarms purposely set off with the purpose of luring police into the home for an ambush?
Five years ago, I would have slapped the person upside the head that even dared to suggest something such as this.
Today, it terrifies me that the court has just given anti-police advocates another way to attack our men and women in blue.
Source: Fox News