Perils of the Press: Florida Men Arrested for Chasing and Shooting At Newspaper Carriers

Jerry Stefani, 49, and Douglas Wienberg, 39, may want to just go with Internet news in the future. The two were arrested after chasing newspaper carriers and then firing shots at them in the mistaken belief that they were prowlers.

Stefani and Wienberg are neighbors on Turkey Road in Pensacola, Florida.

Wienbueg’s wife told her husband that she thought that she spotted prowlers along the fence around 3:45 am. Stefani and Wienberg grabbed their guns as a white delivery vehicle was pulling away. They jumped in their car and pursued the men. When the delivery vehicle became stuck, three carriers bolted from the vehicle and fled as Stefani fired several rounds at them. The carriers say that they thought they were about to be robbed.

Wienberg and Stefani were booked into the Escambia Couty Jail on charges of aggravated assault.

The case could be viewed another cautionary tale over “Castle Doctrine” or “Make My Day” laws allowing homeowners to use lethal force whenever their homes are invaded. Critics have long argued that some people are too eager to use lethal force. In this case, the doctrine would not apply –even with a broad view of what constitutes the curtilage of the home if they walked around the outside of the fence (here). The laws also do not allow pursuit as in this case.

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8 thoughts on “Perils of the Press: Florida Men Arrested for Chasing and Shooting At Newspaper Carriers”

  1. I’ve lived in southeastern FL for over 10 years now and watched it degrade from a beautiful paradise to a cretinistic domination oriented cesspool of gangs (legal and otherwise…). Kids ringing doorbells to play a joke on their neighbors get shot in the back as they run away giggling. While the powers that be split hairs over what is or isn’t ok,gunwise, people here have become justifiably frightened and paranoid.

    How does ‘chasing down in a car and shooting at’ someone translate into a defensive act?
    There is no appropriate defense where there is NO OFFENSE.
    I’m tired of hearing about people who get punched, sued, shot or otherwise attacked because some numbnuts is just plain scared.

  2. Don’t shoot the messenger, boys.

    And firearms and cough syrup don’t mix.

    You clowns really couldn’t tell that they were delivering papers by, oh, I don’t know, watching them throw out said papers?

    One thing is for certain. When it comes to vigilantism, you two are not exactly the dynamic duo.

  3. QUOTE “The case could be viewed another cautionary tale over “Castle Doctrine” or “Make My Day” law allowing homeowners to use lethal force whenever their homes are invaded.”

    These guy’s homes were never invaded. They are idiots. And it seems they ARE too eager to use lethal force.

    But when bozo’z abuse this law, come down on THEM, don’t take it out on the people that are using their heads.

    There is nothing wrong with the “Castle Doctrine” or “Make My Day” law other than authorities should make clear (*CRYSTAL*) the limitations, since there are some people like these two that just can’t seem to figure it out on their own.

  4. “The case could be viewed another cautionary tale over “Castle Doctrine” or “Make My Day” law allowing homeowners to use lethal force whenever their homes are invaded.”

    *************

    Vigilante justice carried out by buffoons is another way to describe the nonsense with its predictable results.

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