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FL Jogger Won't Be Charged For Shooting, Killing Teen

Associated Press

January 13, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A pistol-packing jogger in Florida won’t be charged for shooting and killing a teenager who attacked him during a midnight run.

Prosecutors said Tuesday they are convinced Thomas Baker acted in self defense when he fired eight shots at 18-year-old Carlos Mustelier near Tampa in November .

Prosecutors say Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law was a factor in their decision. The law, passed in 2005, gives people the right to use deadly force as long as they “reasonably believe” it is necessary to stop another person from hurting them.

Baker told police he reached for his gun when the teen punched him in the face. Baker has a concealed weapons permit.

The teen was hit four times in the chest, back and buttocks. He died at the scene.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Yes sgt457.....I agree. Prayers to the mother for I know the lost of a child good or bad is heart wrecking.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    bumo robocop and sgt457, another 'promising' criminal career cut short

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    Gearhart

    over 3 years ago

    344 Comments

    Bump SGT457

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50328 Comments

    I will be willing to bet it's not the first time Mustelier did this, but it was his last. Nice job of standing your ground Mr. Baker.

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    I think the law in Fla should be Nationwide. The bad part is, even if the citizen is not charged with the shooting. The POSs family will now sue him. Even if he wins tha,t he will have to pay out the nose for an Attorney.

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    bump robocop

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    sgt457

    over 3 years ago

    1204 Comments

    nobody with any sense shoots for the leg...the use of deadly force is just that: deadly force. If the shoot is justified, ie: done to save your life or the life of another, then one shot or eight shots does not change the fact that use of force was justified and legal. It may sound cruel, but, as the Bible says, "You reap what you sow"...if the jogger had not been armed, then perhaps this story would have been about yet another mugging and killing of an innocent party.

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    1baggdHD

    over 3 years ago

    1374 Comments

    i am on the fence a bit. i am all for the jogger, but did he have to shoot 8 times. isn't one in the leg or somewhere else good enough to put the kid down? just asking

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    This little POS won't be attacking any more joggers will he. I wonder how many times he did that in the past and got away with it.

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    TrafficCop28

    over 3 years ago

    1424 Comments

    I'm totally behind citizens protecting themselves. Double thumbs up!

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Sometimes it sucks to be the bad guy, this was a good shoot.

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    BForJuvCor

    over 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    Shalk one up for this guy. Nice job! One less freeloader in our nations already packed jails.

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    fnmc22

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    +1 For the armed citizens protecting themselves!

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