Another guest post by Dana
Last week, Margaret Matthews, 68, decided she'd had enough of two neighborhood boys (12 and 13) who she claims have been harassing her in her south side Chicago home for more than a year.
She had been grocery shopping and when she returned to her house she noticed broken windows and saw two boys running away.
The boys came back and Matthews stood on her porch and confronted them. Allegedly, they responded by throwing bricks and rocks at her. One hit her in the chest.
She went inside, grabbed a gun and called police.
Concerned the police wouldn't make it in time, she went back outside and fired at the boys, wounding the 12-year-old in the shoulder.
According to Illinois law, Matthews' use of force qualifies as self defense if she "reasonably believed that such force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm." The police decided not to charge Matthews. The boys face charges of aggravated assault.
The 12-year-old boy's family told another story, insisting the boy didn't break the window and the shooting was unprovoked.
Some in the neighborhood are calling Matthew's a hero, a descriptor she takes issue with.
"There is nothing heroic about any individual getting hurt by another individuals hand," Matthews said. "I pray for this young man and am so happy he'll be alright."
"I'm sorry that all of this happened," she said. "I hope and pray that something positive can come from what happened to him.
"He might not realize it," she added, "but I might have saved his life, because if he keeps on going on the path he's on someone else may not be so lenient.
"This way," she said, "he's got a chance."
What do you think? Is Matthews a hero or a dangerous granny with a gun who over-reacted?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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