Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MS: .22 Pistol Beats Sledge Hammer

Dispatch stated a 72-year-old man had shot another man on the premises.

When deputies arrived, Jeffrey Crespo, 56, was lying on the ground, unresponsive, with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Deputies also saw a 13-inch sledge hammer just a couple of feet from Crespo. The shooter was identified as Roger Smith, 72 of Laurel.

Smith showed injuries to his right eye and elbow. He reported to deputies that he and Crespo, his employee, had been in a verbal altercation during the day over Smith’s displeasure with Crespo’s mechanical work.

As the argument escalated, Crespo grabbed the sledge hammer and began to swing at Smith, swiping him.

Smith told Crespo to put the hammer down. Smith then went to his nearby camper that was on the property and pulled his 22-caliber pistol.
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Wireless.Phil said...

It surprised me when I read of people dying from a .22.
I figured they were either shot in the heac or heart, but that's not always the case.
Sometimes the bullet will rip through a major artery and they bleed-out.

Mr Science said...

It's no surprise that people can - and do - die from being shot with a .22 bullet. President Reagan was shot under his arm with such a caliber, and nearly died.

Rather than being heavy enough to travel in a straight line inside an attacker, a .22 is light enough to bounce around inside an attacker - especially if it hits bone first. The resulting internal ricochets can cause damage in multiple areas, adding up to life-threatening injuries.

A .22 projectile does NOT necessarily have to "rip through a major artery", nor does a defender need expert marksman skills. And, as most criminologists know, often merely the display of a firearm by a defender can often deter an attacker.

Remember: The bad guys don't want to get shot with anything.