Albany teacher's shooter haunted by f...

Albany teacher's shooter haunted by fatal decision

There are 36 comments on the Times Union story from Jan 24, 2011, titled Albany teacher's shooter haunted by fatal decision. In it, Times Union reports that:

David D'Amico says he is certain that when he shot David W. Park last March, he made the best decision possible under the circumstances.

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Since: Jan 11

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#1 Jan 24, 2011
Look, when you get drunk and enter somebody's house in the middle of the night, you take your chances, don't you?

“youbeateverythin g youknowthat ”

Since: Apr 07

Buffalo, NY

#2 Jan 24, 2011
Notice how the statement from the victims wife made no mention of his intoxication.
Life Coach

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jan 24, 2011
Gomer wrote:
Notice how the statement from the victims wife made no mention of his intoxication.
People around here do not hesitate to mention MY intoxication

Tonoght is vidka noght
Overrated

Buffalo, NY

#4 Jan 24, 2011
Who gets drunk at a baby shower anyway?
Anne Ominous

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2011
What does the victims drinking have to do with getting shot? The can of beer didn't pull the trigger.

How about the homeowner's? Maybe they had a few glasses of wine with dinner?
CaptainWhizBang

Schenectady, NY

#6 Jan 25, 2011
Anne Ominous wrote:
What does the victims drinking have to do with getting shot? The can of beer didn't pull the trigger.
How about the homeowner's? Maybe they had a few glasses of wine with dinner?
Being drunk had a lot to do with this man being killed.

If a sober dude accidentally walks into my house, he can explain himself calmly and we can both laugh about it...

If a piss-drunk dude walks into my house and starts acting all wierd...he's as good as dead.
Overrated

Buffalo, NY

#7 Jan 25, 2011
Exactly!
Not Suprised

New York, NY

#8 Jan 26, 2011
Anne Ominous wrote:
What does the victims drinking have to do with getting shot? The can of beer didn't pull the trigger.
How about the homeowner's? Maybe they had a few glasses of wine with dinner?
are you some kind of idiot? This guy deserved to get shot, he went into someones house and they were scared, he was right to shoot him, and then the widow tries to sue the homeowner, what a joke we can all tell all she cares about is money, guess she didn't get enough life insurance, what a joke, he got what he deserved end of it!
Glad He Was Shot

Tonawanda, NY

#9 Jan 26, 2011
Not Suprised wrote:
...and then the widow tries to sue the homeowner, what a joke we can all tell all she cares about is money, guess she didn't get enough life insurance...
The ho dropped the wrongful death suit. If all she cared about was money, she would've continued on, as the homeowners would've most likely settled out of court in order to avoid a costly trial.
Im Back

New York, NY

#10 Jan 26, 2011
Glad He Was Shot wrote:
<quoted text>The ho dropped the wrongful death suit. If all she cared about was money, she would've continued on, as the homeowners would've most likely settled out of court in order to avoid a costly trial.
I am pretty sure she dropped it because she knew she wasn't going to get a penny and the homeowners never would have settled out of court cause they weren't in the wrong. I do agree that he deserved to be shot, this is why people shouldn't drink, alcohol should be illegal like other drugs and cigarettes too
Adjuster

Tonawanda, NY

#13 Jan 26, 2011
Im Back wrote:
<quoted text>I am pretty sure she dropped it because she knew she wasn't going to get a penny and the homeowners never would have settled out of court cause they weren't in the wrong. I do agree that he deserved to be shot, this is why people shouldn't drink, alcohol should be illegal like other drugs and cigarettes too
Insurance companies settle out of court all of the time, solid case, or not. It's less expensive than fighting it.
Im Back

New York, NY

#14 Jan 26, 2011
Adjuster wrote:
<quoted text>Insurance companies settle out of court all of the time, solid case, or not. It's less expensive than fighting it.
Well that is just wrong, I don't see where the homeowner is in the wrong!

“youbeateverythin g youknowthat ”

Since: Apr 07

Buffalo, NY

#15 Jan 26, 2011
paganbirdkeeper666 wrote:
Some dude walks into our house he better give a reason ASAP or his ass will be hitting the floor promptly. This isn't freaking Mayberry RFD It's Albany. One is apt to think an intruder is up to no good and not stopping by for apple pie and coffee.
Speaking of Mayberry, how do you like my pic?
esquire

United States

#16 Jan 26, 2011
The very fine point of law here is this:the homeowner must feel their life or property is threatened. Just being intoxicated in someone elses house won't quite work. Here unless your blogging or talking, in a court of law this must be proven and justified. If you own a weapon you must know how t5o approach someone, you must understand the difference between being threatened and not. The homeowner was wrong, this teacher was no threat, not for one instance, the homowner should have been charged with manslaughter. reckless disregard, this was criminally negligent
Seen It Before

United States

#17 Jan 26, 2011
Gomer wrote:
Notice how the statement from the victims wife made no mention of his intoxication.
Amazing how little facts like that slip the minds of those involved. "Sober guy"... "Sorry!!! I was at a party & took a walk, must have gone in the wrong house!! I live in Albany!!" Home owner is a bit shocked but understands, may holler at the guy or laugh depending. "Drunk guy".... See what happens? Just what did happen. It's a horrible thing for all involved but the guy that was drunk caused it to happen to himself. I do not think the homeowner was at fault.
Seen It Before

United States

#18 Jan 26, 2011
esquire wrote:
The very fine point of law here is this:the homeowner must feel their life or property is threatened. Just being intoxicated in someone elses house won't quite work. Here unless your blogging or talking, in a court of law this must be proven and justified. If you own a weapon you must know how t5o approach someone, you must understand the difference between being threatened and not. The homeowner was wrong, this teacher was no threat, not for one instance, the homowner should have been charged with manslaughter. reckless disregard, this was criminally negligent
Come on in my house in the middle of the night drunk and pose a threat to me and my family. The results will be the same as what happened to the guy that got killed. I am well versed in the operation of my pump shotgun and know just what it will do. I will warn you verbally to leave... I will rack a round... Cha Chunk CHUNK.... You will leave at that point or sit on the floor to wait for the police to come and find out why you are there... You advance for any reason once you are told to leave or try to harm me I will shoot you in the center of mass which means you have a belly full of "OO" Buckshot to make you stop. I will fire as many times as it takes to stop you or not fire at all. THE CHOICE IS YOURS.... Clear enough???
James C Crowe

Rochester, NY

#19 Jan 26, 2011
Sorry, but when you play stupid games, you sometimes win even stupider prizes.

None of you know what position this homeowner was in. You can't imaging the fear or uncertainty. This is not a gun control issue since there was no handgun used, it was a hunting shotgun.
How many times have we seen stories of home invasions in WNY that turned out deadly for the homeowners? This guy did the right thing. Too bad this teacher got hammered and did a stupid thing and got killed. Have they ever released what his BAC was? Was there any drugs in his system?
What do you expect the home owner to do, wait until the inturder has fired the first shot or made the first stab or slash with a knife?
Sorry, but sometimes you have to be pre-emptive if you want to survive.
As far as the dead guys family dropping the suit. I wonder if the lawyers uncovered something in his past that would've made him look bad, like a previous incident of him going into a home while non-sober. I've done stupid stuff while drunk, but usually like peeing in public or hooking up with the fat ugly chick at last call, not breaking into homes and not complying with the owner.

Since: Apr 10

Truth or Consequences, NM

#21 Jan 27, 2011
James C Crowe wrote:
Have they ever released what his BAC was?
It was released. As I recall it was in the .2 range. Certainly well lit, but not so much that he should have no control of his faculties.
BAC Guy

Tonawanda, NY

#22 Jan 27, 2011
James C Crowe wrote:
Have they ever released what his BAC was?
It was 0.18
CaptainWhizBang

Schenectady, NY

#23 Jan 27, 2011
esquire wrote:
The very fine point of law here is this:the homeowner must feel their life or property is threatened. Just being intoxicated in someone elses house won't quite work. Here unless your blogging or talking, in a court of law this must be proven and justified. If you own a weapon you must know how t5o approach someone, you must understand the difference between being threatened and not. The homeowner was wrong, this teacher was no threat, not for one instance, the homowner should have been charged with manslaughter. reckless disregard, this was criminally negligent
You're exactly the kind of fool who gets killed in his own home, because he "overthinks" a situation like this.

It's easy to sit in your nice, safe home and say that this homeowner shouldn't have felt threatened.

The local D.A. disagrees with your scholarly legal opinion, by the way.

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