Normally any story involving the homeless would be about how they are a nuisance, or even a health threat, but this one is flipped. An entitled bum became annoyed with a woman making noise as he tried to sleep on the sidewalk. An argument ensued and the woman ended up shooting the vagrant. In this battle of the century however, there were no winners. The bum got a belly full of lead and the woman was arrested for attempted murder.
The Tennessean reports that on August 26 around 3am 54-year-old homeless man Gerald Melton was trying to catch some Zs on the sidewalk in Nashville, TN. Unfortunately, 26-year-old Katie Layne Quackenbush was parked nearby in a running SUV, blasting music.
Metro police detectives say that Melton was “trying to sleep on the sidewalk” around 3 a.m. near 901 19th Ave. South near Music Row when he “became disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV,” according to a news release.
Melton asked Quackenbush, the driver of the Porsche, to move the vehicle, police said. The two then began yelling at each other.
Police say that after Melton walked back to where he had been trying to sleep, Quackenbush got out of her vehicle with a gun and the argument continued. She fired two shots at Melton, who was wounded in the abdomen, according to police.
At this point, Quackenbush had a pretty solid self-defense case going. She’s a young woman alone who was accosted by a smelly street bum and feared for her life. She should have called the police and said as much, but for whatever reason did not. Instead she took off, leaving Melton with a couple of slugs in his gut.
The police eventually tracked Quackenbush down and charged her with attempted murder.
Quackenbush is the daughter of a fairly famous Texas attorney named Jesse Quackenbush, who despite being a lawyer made things much worse.
“She didn’t try and kill this guy. She had no intention of killing him. She didn’t know that she hit him. She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times, but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him,” said Jesse Quakenbush.
Warning shots are never a good idea in a matter of self-defense. It indicates that a person didn’t really fear for his or her life. You can use deadly force when your life is truly threatened or even if you believe that to be the case, but firing warning shots means you weren’t all that fearful. Sorry, Joe Biden is full of shit.
The fact that her father is saying she closed her eyes and fired warning shots makes it sound even less plausible that she was scared the bum was going to hurt her. This is something an idiot in a sitcom does, not someone with firearms knowledge who was genuinely afraid.
Katie Quackenbush may very well have feared for her life and this could be a legitimate case of self defense. However, her actions and her father’s statements didn’t help her cause. It just goes to show that what you do after a defensive gun use is as important as what you do during it.
As for the bum, he certainly had a lot of nerve complaining about noise as he was squatting on a public street. If he is unhappy with the accommodations, he should seriously get his shit together and improve his life. Those streets belong to the people who work and pay taxes.