The accused murderer held a couple and their child hostage but then the husband and wife escaped their bonds.
Normally, I favor a trial before the execution of an accused murderer. But when he is in the process of committing a potentially lethal crime and is shot by his victims, his blood is on his own head, whether he is guilty of the original murder or not.
According to CNN,
A murder suspect who escaped from a Mississippi jail was shot dead by a family he held hostage for several hours inside their home Thursday, police said.
After more than a week on the lam, Rafael Arnez McCloud was found dead in the bathtub of a home in Vicksburg, Mississippi, according to investigators.
The homeowner told police a man with a knife, later identified as McCloud, approached him around 4 a.m. Thursday as he and his 5-year-old son headed into the garage. The man forced his way into the home, according to the homeowner.
Later, the father and McCloud struggled and McCloud stabbed him with his knife.
But still later, he allowed the wife to leave the bathroom where he was holding the family captive. The family owned a handgun. She shot McCloud. He apparently wasn’t dead because when she gave her husband the gun he shot McCloud again before they fled for help.
No policemen came to help until McCloud was already dead and the family was out of danger.
The police had conducted an intensive manhunt when McCloud escaped from prison by taking a jail employee hostage. He was awaiting trial for a brutal murder and rape as well as other crimes. The police never found him and had called off the search.
The experience was “very traumatic” for the family, Vicksburg Police Capt. Sandra Williams said, adding that exhausted investigators who had been searching for McCloud are happy the hunt has come to an end.
“There’s no telling how many lives were saved,” she said.
Saved by the Second Amendment, not the police.