The above headline must be one of the most misleading that I have seen. It comes from AP itself. It is aided and abbetted by the AP leading sentence. From the washingtontimes.com:
BEND, Ore. (AP) - The man who shot and killed another person asleep inside a Bend home in 2012 is asking a court to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit against him.The intruder was not sleeping. He was actively fighting the couple that found him asleep in the homeowners house. There was an extensive investigation, and the shooting was ruled justified.
The story is all over the Internets, with the factually wrong headline and first sentence.
The Washington Times
From USA Today
The Roanoke Times
I have found only one source that corrected the headline, and that is ktvz.com, a tv station in central Oregan. It is the local station where the case occurred. They only corrected the headline and factually wrong first sentence because of complaints from people commenting at ktvz. From ktvz.com:
Man who shot Bend intruder asks lawsuit to be tossedFrom the comments:
A shooting where the local police spent over 500 hours investigating, and where there was extensive evidence of a protracted fight, becomes an AP headline of "Man who shot sleeping intruder".
(snip)Hummel said it was true Munoz was shot in the back, as his father had said, but added that Perry did so while Munoz was fighting with Weinman.
"There was a bite mark on Amanda Weinman's body above her breast and some minor bruising. And Shane Munoz also had bruising and contusions throughout his body," Hummel said.
Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said the evidence confirms what Weinman and Perry reported.
"It was obvious for officers there, that the living room where this took place was extremely disrupted," Porter said, adding that Bend PD spent over 500 hours on the investigation.
Later in the story, AP sort of gets it right. But a lot of people only read the headline. A lot more only read the headline and the first sentence.
AP has been shown to be hostile to self-defense with a firearm for decades.
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