You may have heard about it by now. A violent animal was shot and killed last Friday while police attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest. His dog was shot too, which is probably the saddest part of this story.
The details of the shooting are not out, but from the pieces that are being broadcast, my fertile imagination has developed a possible scenario:
The violent animal (Strickland) was caught on video perpetrating his crime. He has a history of such actions. He is known to own firearms. He owns a dog of a variety that is very good at performing guard/attack duties (I was raised with German Shepherds; phenomenal animals, and far more intelligent and effective than the stupid Rottweilers that everyone seems to want now).
Police confront said animal (Strickland) at his door. Strickland knows full well what his crimes are, and either sics his dog on the officers, or the dog simply obeys his training to protect his master and attacks on his own. Confronted by a deadly weapon (yes, the Shepherd can easily be considered a weapon, don’t get mad, I don’t write the rules), officers shoot the dog. Strickland tries to retreat into his house (where officers are fully aware he has firearms), and the police are faced with a situation where a three-time violent offender (the August attack, the Playstation theft, and the dog) is about to be armed. Bang, bang, bang.
I bolded portions of the articles below that support my suppositions.
Is that what happened? I don’t know, but it seems reasonable.
Was the shooting justified? If I’m even close, then yes.
Given the known facts, I find it amazingly repulsive to hear “family friends” describe this violent animal as “generous”, “sweet”, and “caring”. They are either in full denial mode, liars, or sorely misinformed on what this “loving child” had reverted to, a bully and a thug.
Let’s hope someone, somewhere, uses this as a lesson: Teach the kids right from wrong – don’t deny your own eyes when your offspring start to go bad – discipline them when they need it – teach them to respect the rule of law.
A teenager from Durham was killed at the house where he lived in Wilmington on Friday night as officers investigating the theft of two PlayStations arrived to search the house, authorities said.
Peyton Strickland, 18, was shot about 9:30 p.m. during a search of the Wilmington house he shared with three others.
UNC-Wilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house, 533 Long Leaf Acres Drive, with arrest warrants for Strickland and UNCW student Ryan David Mills, 20, on charges of the armed robbery of two PlayStation 3 consoles from a UNCW student on Nov. 17. Before Strickland could be taken into custody, he was shot and killed. His German shepherd, Blaze, was killed, too.
Don Beskind, a lawyer who works with Don Strickland and is a longtime family friend, said they were “devastated” by Peyton Strickland’s death.
“I don’t think they’re thinking about how this happened,” Beskind said Saturday. “I think they’re dealing with the loss. The blame and responsibility, those are all things for another day.”
He said Peyton was “a great kid” and “a really sweet boy.”
Strickland had been scheduled to appear in court last Thursday on a felony charge from August of assault causing serious injury.
Last week, police charged Strickland and Mills with armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering in the parking lot of a UNCW dorm last month.
Student Justin Raines had returned from a nearby Wal-Mart about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 17. He and his twin, Matt, had waited in line for more than 24 hours to buy two Sony PlayStation 3 consoles.
The game consoles, which retail for about $650, are scarce and sell in online auctions for as much as $1,300. Investigators think the twins bought the machines to resell them on eBay for a profit.
Police think Justin Raines was followed by car back to his dorm. One robber attacked him and beat him severely, while the other stole the PlayStations from his truck.
What further shocked Strickland’s friends and family was that a deputy also shot and killed Strickland’s German shepherd named Blaze.
The dog’s blood stained the front porch, and shards of glass from the front-door windows littered the area.
When Raines came home to the on-campus Seahawk Village apartments after midnight with the games he bought for $641 apiece, two white men in a gold Pontiac pulled up to Raines’ car, struck him with a six-inch blunt object and stole his purchases, leaving him with bumps and bruises, UNCW police said.
Three unloaded guns were in the house – a hunting rifle and two shotguns – which were in Strickland’s room, Rhoton said. And when Strickland answered the door, he may have been holding a PlayStation controller in his hand, he said.