From a recent opinion of the Court of Appeals we learn that late one night Matthew Haygood was walking down a sidewalk somewhere in New Mexico. As he passed a certain house he heard the door fly open. He looked up to see a man running out, straight toward him, waving a gun! The man with the gun “accused Haygood of breaking into his car and told Haygood he kept drugs in the car.” After making that startling declaration, the man “pistol-whipped Haygood in the face and pushed him into the car.”
This is all straight from the deadly serious opinion of a court of law. And yet repeating it makes me want to step in front of the camera like Graham Chapman’s colonel character in the old Monty Python TV show, shutting down a skit because it’s getting too silly.
If you stored something valuable in your car, and thought you had caught someone in the act of stealing it, would you rush out to tell him he’s looking in the right place? Would you then violently push him toward the hiding place rather than dragging him away? “Stop, thief! You’re getting warmer … warmer …”
Still, that was Haygood’s story. The next thing that happened wasn’t comical at all. The gun went off and Haygood was shot in the back.