Police: shooting of intruder was self...

Police: shooting of intruder was self-defense

There are 17 comments on the WTVF Nashville story from Apr 20, 2012, titled Police: shooting of intruder was self-defense. In it, WTVF Nashville reports that:

Police say a Nashville man acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a man who forced his way into an apartment.

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sad sad sad

Nashville, TN

#1 Apr 20, 2012
God Bless you, Michael Moffitt, for saving your life and that of your girlfriend. You are a hero...don't ever let anyone tell you differently. There will always be those who say you should not have opened the door, but you looked out several times and thought that the perp was gone....Lord have mercy, you are so blessed to have the presence of mind and the damn good aim to have been able to shoot while being thrown through a wall by a very large man (who was wearing a ski mask and gloves and waving a pistol). I can't imagine the fear that you must have felt, but you protected your home, your family and your self.
DJ Rog34

Nashville, TN

#2 Apr 20, 2012
Hell yes....I know Michael, he's well built, but not a large man by any means . So what if you are a gun enthusiast.....you sure aren't a robber or a murderer...YOU are a great guy with a kind loving heart who risked life and limb to save his family. Hold your head high young man
church buddy

Nashville, TN

#3 Apr 20, 2012
Michael, we went to church together for so many years. I watched you grow from a small child. Your beautiful eyes, your beautiful smile...you were the apple of your Grandaddy's eyes. How proud you made him tonight as he looked down on you from heaven and saw the wonderful man that you have become....a man who followed in his footsteps, always putting family before himself. We loved Virgil and we love you Michael. We will offer a pray service for you Sunday that you will be able to have peace and know that you are a hero not a villian. God bless you in your life sweet Michael Moffitt
NRA Rocks

Nashville, TN

#4 Apr 20, 2012
Don't know you, wish I did. Every man has the right to protect his family and himself...gun enthusiast or not!! Owning a gun or two or ten isn't a crime. The report said "legal guns" so for all you ignorants....that means he went to class and learned the responsibility of caring a weapon and legally registered each and everyone. I say "Heads up to all robbers....don't mess with him" He is obviously one hell of a sharpshooter to be able to fire while being assaulted
Dont like guns

Nashville, TN

#5 Apr 20, 2012
I fear guns and know that the end result of bearing weapons often is a disaster...however, this world has changed and all the criminals seem to have a weapon so all the good folks, like this young man, need a gun to stay safe. This intruder was wearing a mask and gloves and armed with a gun. He was coming to do harm. Thank goodness he was stopped in his tracks by this man who stood firm in his home and survived
Converted Liberal

Nashville, TN

#6 Apr 21, 2012
For many years, I hated guns and thought they should be banned by the average citizen. I now see that my thoughts were ignorant. In this world in which we live, we are all at risk of violent crimes such as the one this young man had to endure. He saved his life and that of his wife/girlfriend. He brought a thug, a hoodlum, a gun toting convicted fellon to his knees. Praise him and hold him up high because he stood firm. The sad side is that he will never be able to erase the memories of that moment of terror as he faced death at the hands of an armed, masked intruder. I cannot imagine the fear that he endured. To the family of the deceased, my deepest sympathy. No one ever wants to lose a family member even if it is deserved
BigRick

Nashville, TN

#7 Apr 21, 2012
Never thought this would happen to Moffitt...good guy, works hard, best friend a guy could ever have..We love you man. We are all here to help you through the tough days ahead. Lean on your friends and your family. Can't imagine the visions that are stuck in your head.
VOLS388

Nashville, TN

#8 Apr 21, 2012
Please move to our neighborhood, Mr. Michael Moffitt. We will roll out the red carpet and have a parade. You are a hero; a proud, honorable American citizen who was forced to defend his life and family because of a piece of scum. Don't know how you managed to keepyour calm and shoot but if that's what it means to be a "gun enthusiast", then by-God, sign me up because I want to be one too !!
Alex

Gallatin, TN

#9 Apr 22, 2012
Dayum. the killer in this story must have been a black male. I bet he was otherwise you would all be hating on him. Where are the NAACP (National Association Against Caucasian People) and race pimps Rev Al Sharpton and Rev Jessee Jackson on this? Nowhere. These bigots and racists really suck dung like ALL of you racist bigotted antiwhite people/anticaucasian haters. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU AND THE RACE PIMPS
BigRick

Nashville, TN

#10 Apr 22, 2012
Well, Alex, Michael Moffitt is actually a well-educated, Hard working, middle class White male. He is a kind person who would do anything for anybody. I think using the world "Killer" is abrupt: perhaps a better noun would be "self-defender" or "victim" or "man who was sitting at home watching TV when masked, armed intruder broke in". I understand your feelings about racism; however Mike is not a racist and has friends of all color/race/etnicity. He did what he had to do to stay alive and protect his family. Anybody who has a legal gun permit (which everyone should) that is a victim of home invasion would do the exact same thing. Hopefully with the same outcome.
Flightteam01

Nashville, TN

#11 Apr 25, 2012
Michael, God bless you child in your struggle to recover from this vicious attack. We are all praying for you as your mind tries to heal. Lean on your family...you have the best mother and step dad in the world....that sweet Allison and Taylor ...they look up to you with such love and respect. We wish the best for all of you. You are a true man, a true hero.
PuttyBuddy

Nashville, TN

#12 Apr 25, 2012
Man, we all hold you u in great esteeem for standin your ground when faced with death. You are such a good guy. Hope you give some thought to that shady girl you are with. Love can make youo blind, but dude, that one is scary. She knew the dude and didn't even tell you. Her damn family was runnin with em. Bot time for you to do some serious house cleaning cuz she is no good for u. BR said her aunt was with em.
BigRIck

Nashville, TN

#13 Apr 26, 2012
You are to good to be with her. You work your tail off and shes messy when you are gone. Wise up, too many great girls like you. Get away before she does something else stupid. Long as you are with her, that shady family will know where you live. Dan had to do the same thing
TayW69

Antioch, TN

#14 Apr 28, 2012
Finally, Moffitt, you saw the light and put that messy B@*%ch on the road. So happy for you man....get on with your life in your new place without her.
BigWeez

Antioch, TN

#16 May 1, 2012
Moffitt, proud of you. Took alot of courage to protect your life and home. Don't let it get you down man. You did what you absolutely had to do. He was masked and armed; he was coming to harm. Glad you got him before he robbed another person who might not be able to defend themselves
American

United States

#17 May 2, 2012
Any time that an intruder enters your home without permission it is self defense.
Caycee Albright

Brentwood, TN

#18 May 21, 2012
Not Scared To Stand Up FOR MYSELF... Thank you to all who have stood by my boyfriend Michael & myself... To Puttybuddy,BigrIck &TayW69... I have no idea who you are and how you think you know so much abt me.. I dont appreciate your thoughts or comments for that matter... I didnt know the guy who came to our apt that night.. I bought a tv from him 2yrs ago while i was still married to my now ex husband.. I knew him as well as you ppl know the lady checking your items out at Krogers. YES, i have a shady person in my family.. WHO DOES'NT???? That is NOT my fault.. And as far as my ex husband goes, i left him.. good guy but if you're not happy, why stay married.. Michael saved my life that night along with his own and for that i will always be greatful. There is nothing I did to cause Mr. Martin to do what he did that night.Michael & I have been together for 2 years and love each other very much and there is nothing we wouldnt do for each other.. Once again, thank you to all those who have supported Michael and I through this tragic event.. Also i would like to inform you guys that Michael & I are healing and doing very well now. GOD IS GOOD.

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