After a Texas man fired a gun to thwart an attempt to abduct his fiancé outside their home, he was surprised to find himself in handcuffs and charged with a third-degree felony for shooting at the attackers.
Jeremiah Morin, 34, was arrested for firing at the men “indiscriminately,” according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Officers who responded to the scene arrested Morin instead of the kidnappers because he fired his weapon recklessly and without consideration of innocent bystanders in the area.
Before the alleged shooting, his fiancé was taking her children inside the house when two unidentified men in ski masks tried to kidnap her, according to deputies.
Morin’s fiance, Angela Estrada, was furious at the police for arresting Jeremiah and accused him for a crime even if his actions caused the kidnappers to flee. Because of this, Morin said he refused to cooperate with cops because of the way he and his fiancé were treated.
The Daily Caller reports:
Police had a different take on Morin’s actions. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Capt. Bryan Carlisle acknowledged that “nefarious stuff was going to happen” but said that Morin endangered others in the neighborhood with his reckless shooting.
“He began to indiscriminately shoot multiple rounds down the street,” Carlisle told the Houston Chronicle.”These rounds definitely went down a very crowded street.”
Morin denied police accusations that he is a member of a local gang and told KTRK that he has rejected the criminal life since serving time on a drug charge a decade ago. In a public statement, the Montgomery Country Sheriff’s Office said Morin and Estrada were uncooperative with investigators at the scene.