Tigh Croff’s home in Detroit had been broken into three times in the last week.
So when he found two men in his backyard on the block of Manistique at 12:30 a.m. Monday, the east-side resident — who is licensed to carry a gun — gave chase, Detroit police said.
One man got away. The other stopped running, turned around, put his hands up and, according to a police source, taunted the 31-year-old homeowner.
“What are you going to do?” Herbert Silas of Detroit reportedly asked, his hands still in the air. “Shoot me?”
“Absolutely,” Croff told investigators he replied before pulling the trigger, the source said. Silas was hit once in the chest, killing him.
For attemping to clean up the streets, Croff was charged with second-degree murder, which we think is about as outrageous as it gets. In the Blogland, you break into a home, you take your chances. Perhaps the fate of Mr. Silas will serve as a deterrent to other aspiring criminals.
In an age where we're supposed to tolerate and "understand" street punks instead of getting them off the streets and putting some on death row, Mr. Croff is entitled to some understanding as well - and a community service award.
We can only hope that Mr. Croff, after having been victimized four times in a week by criminals, will not be further victimized by a failing judicial system.