I have to side with the Camel Jockey on this one...Everybody has a right to protect themselves from the dark willdog.Above Photo: Dawoud Zoubeidi, a former storeowner charged with gun crimes after he fired at a robber, stands outside of his former store, The Connection Wear at 1571 E. Sibley Calumet City,Il. Thursday, June 14, 2012
Did a south suburban storeowner fire at a fleeing thief in self-defense?
Or was he engaging in a reckless act of vigilante justice?
The answer may come in August when Dawoud “David” Zoubeidi is scheduled to stand trial on felony weapons charges for firing three shots at a man who sprinted out of his Calumet City store with stolen leather jackets.
Zoubeidi apparently didn’t hit the thief, who dropped the jackets and escaped in a waiting car. He and his attorney, Patrick O’Byrne, said he was justified in firing his .40-caliber pistol. Zoubeidi claims the thief flashed a pistol in his waistband first.
“He had the right to defend himself,” O’Byrne said. “The anti-gun climate punishes the law-abiding citizen.”
Cook County prosecutors feel otherwise. They have charged Zoubeidi with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.