Two kids in Brazil attempt a real life GTA V episode and it goes all wrong. The boys, wearing flip-flops, rolled up on a motorcyclist and attempted to steal his bike at gunpoint. The guy on the motorcycle didn’t try to fight them. He gave up his bike without question and backed away.
The kid who pointed the gun on the victim attempted to pick up the man’s motorcycle and make a clean getaway when an innocent bystander decided to take action. Before the gun toting kid could take off on the victim’s bike the bystander drew his weapon and fired two shots.
As you will see in the included video, the entire escapade was captured on camera. The bystander was wearing a helmet that is loaded with a camera. He removed his helmet as soon as the shots were fired so we don’t get to see the conclusion of the whole matter.
What we do see, however, is that Grand Theft Auto is more than just a game and it’s not a smart move to imitate its characters. It may not end favorably because the average human only gets one life.
The innocent bystander was well within his rights, according to their law, to shoot the thief. No charges were incurred because he didn’t commit a crime; not to mention he was an undercover cop. This is also a state by state law in the USA.
The law in South Carolina now supports a “stands your ground” viewpoint under the “Protection of Persons and Property Act” SECTION 16-11-440(C).
In South Carolina there is an “alter ego” clause attached to their stand your ground law. A concealed carry permit holder has the right to defend a victim as long as the danger is still imminent. However, if the thief puts his gun away and turns his back on you; the threat is over. You can’t just shoot the thief if they have taken off with your property because you’re angry. There has to be a pending threat in order to be covered by the law.
According to this law a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity but who gets attacked in a place where they are within their rights to be, including, but not limited to, his place of business can retaliate. The victim is under no obligation to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and meet force with force; even if it means deadly force. If he really believes that in order to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or another; including the act of a violent crime he is covered by law when taking action; according to Section 16–1–60 of the above stated law.
South Carolina also has the “alter-ego” section that is applicable in relation to the defense of others. This means that when a person uses deadly force to defend a relative, friend or even bystander they are covered. They too are allowed to use the benefit of the plea of self-defense as if they were the person in danger.
In other words, the person who intervenes in defense of another is considered to be “standing in the shoes” of the person who is actually in danger. If that individual had the right to defend himself, then so does the intervening party. The law is designed to also protect them.
To claim self defense, a person has to be in a place they have a legal right to be. They can’t be involved in any illegal activity at the time and must not have started the confrontation. As stated previously they must be in looming danger of death or serious bodily harm.
This was a real life case of GTA V goes wrong. The thief was trying to pull off a real life GTA hi-jacking but was later forced to regret his decision after receiving a couple of shots by an undercover police officer; that just happened to be in the area.
The GTA V robbery attempt took place in Brazil when a motorcyclist was blindsided by two young thieves. Justice was served.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)