No - he threatened to take his ex wife, Mr. Carruth, and Mr. Carruth's soon-to-be-ex-wife at that point to *court* over the custodial interference. They'd already committed the felony custodial interference, and while Mr. Read was in his verbal exchange with the ex-wife, Mr. Carruth goes in and gets his gun, coming back out threatening Mr. Read, who had a court-order to be there to get his son. Carruth's demands were not only unreasonable, but further perpetrated his felony custodial interference.Yes, but didn't DAd threaten him first?
And awshoot said: I watched that one too, as well as the one from the retired cop in TX linked earlier. Anyway, that pause reminds of the the Drejka case and that ended badly for Drejka.
"Zactly. Also with the distances involved in both cases, I wouldn't see a need to shoot unless the shootee was moving forward at the time.
Wow, that's a hell of a data dump. I for sure didn't read that far down into the statutes.
At the point Carruth comes out armed, Read approaches and makes his verbal threat - but at that point its easily argued that he is acting in self defense, and since Read's ex-wife and Mr. Carruth were both engaging in a felony at that point, any argument they had for self defense is pretty much gone.
I wouldn't be surprised if Ken Paxton's (Texas state AG) office comes back with their guidance on this case this week, since its been a few weeks since this incident went down. I fully expect an arrest to come as soon as that guidance comes back, and he'll be brought to court the next county over, given his bad relationship with his judge ex-wife.
His ex, from what I read yesterday, filed for a restraining order against him as well citing his mental state and potential for violence. Mr. Read's most current wife has likewise filed for custody of Read's two youngest children, citing child endangerment by the ex-Mrs. Read ala her relationship with Carruth - alleging that the elder of the two kids said he plans to run away if he has to be in Carruth's presence again. IF we take that to be true, it sounds like Carruth may be abusive to the Read children, which would kind of fit the profile of him if you read into some of the things others have said about him.