The tables have really turned for one Oregon veteran who is now facing criminal charges after attempting to prohibit a wanted felon from breaking into his home.
Corey Thompson, a military veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, cautioned the burglar before eventually firing a warning shot at Jonathon Kinsella as the runaway felon was trying to come in through his backdoor.
“I told him ‘I’m going to give you a warning shot’,” Thompson told KDRV-TV.
And fire a warning shot, he did. Thompson brandished his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and fired a shot at Kinsella without hitting him or any other person.
But Thompson was in for a rude awakening as he not only helped to aid local Medford police in catching the felon, who was wanted on outstanding warrants for burglary and assault – but also ended up arrested himself. Thompson was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and reckless endangering.
“There was nothing that the suspect was doing that was aggressive enough to justify the shooting,” Police Lt. Mike Budreau told KDRV-TV. “In fact, the suspect was walking away.”
According to police, Kinsella wasn’t attempting to break into Thompson’s house; in fact, he was instead striving to hide out from the police in Thompson’s backyard before he fell from a fence that he had been trying to climb.
Police say that because Thompson fired an assault weapon, he invoked a greater danger since bullets from assault rifle can skip and don’t just absorb into anything that they hit.
While no one was injured in the shooting, Thompson’s rifle was taken into police custody as they say it was used in commission of a crime. The rifle will only be returned to Thompson if a judge decides that he is not guilty of his three charges.
Kinsella was arrested and is being held without bail. Thompson was cited and released but awaits a court date.
Thompson’s arrest and “menacing” charge as he attempted to protect his home is sure to come as a victory to Democrats refusing to give up the gun control fight.