Two teenagers were arrested after they reportedly killed a man who was walking his dog.
James was killed after Brandon and Tylfine attempted to rob him. The teens were playing basketball at the time and spotted James walking his dog. They considered him to be “weak” and approached him. A struggle took place briefly before the 51-year-old was shot in the chest.
“At one point he did plead for his life,” Homicide Captain James said. “He said, ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,’ and they still shot him one time.”
After the shooting, the teens reportedly panicked and left James alone without taking anything from him.
“Nothing,” Captain James said. “Nothing was taken, which makes this even more senseless and even more troubling. Nothing was taken at all, and he lost his life.”
Tylfine was not initially arrested, and remained at large for some time before finally surrendering to authorities. Lt. John said that when James’s body was found, he still had the dog leash in his hand.
“The dog was lying next to him; it appeared to be scared and in shock,” Lt. John said. “In his other hand, he had a flashlight.”
Captain James said that James took a walk every night with the dog, often times with his daughter tagging along.
“For whatever reason, he said to her, ‘It’s a little late tonight, and I don’t want you walking with me.’ So in effect, he may have saved his daughter’s life,” Captain James said.
Many readers called for the teens to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
“These teens knew what they were doing and should be tried as adults. They have no value for life. The man who was killed seemed like a nice guy. I feel sorry for their family that they have to suffer such a loss,” one reader commented on Facebook.
“When we call for the death penalty, for convicted murderers, we rob the defense attorneys and parole boards of much needed pay checks, and that is the reason capital punishment is fought so vigorously,” another wrote.
“If the victim was allowed to carry a concealed pistol, the story would have ended quite differently! There would have been one dead and the others running for mama, and the victim’s daughter would have been able to see her father again! I walk for an hour and I’m in my seventies, I may seem vulnerable, but I am aware of my surroundings at all times, and I’m licensed and trained by the range and the military, to carry a concealed equalizer, for just such occasions! What a tragedy.”
“This is what happens when children are not taught respect; it is their parents who are the associates and who should also be held accountable,” another added.