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Golden Saber
August 10, 2005, 12:33 PM
http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3990677,00.html

Victim strikes back

Forced at gunpoint to bank, man kills back-seat suspect

By Sherri Drake
Contact
August 10, 2005

He said they'd gotten him two weeks ago in his front yard, forcing him to the ground with a gun and stealing $400.

But this time, 59-year-old Jacob Evans was ready.

Tuesday, the same two robbers returned, telling him to withdraw $10,000 from his bank, or die, he said. Instead, Evans deposited six bullets in one of them.

"I got prepared for them," Evans said, standing outside the Criminal Justice Center Tuesday night. "Today they acted a damn fool and came back."

Shortly after 2 p.m., Memphis police arrived at First Tennessee, at 1200 S. Third, and found one of the robbers shot to death, lying face down in the back seat of Evans's Lincoln Towncar.

About 20 minutes earlier, Evans was pulling up to his home in the 300 block of Edsel in South Memphis, when the two 20-something men came out from behind some hedges with guns, forced a friend of his out of the car and jumped in. Evans was in the driver's seat, one robber was in the front seat and another in the back.

Evans had just gotten off work at Hershey Foods, where he's a sanitation worker. He was wearing his uniform and a blue hairnet.

With guns pointed at Evans, the robbers told him to drive to a nearby bank to get some money. He told him he didn't bank there, but said he had an account at First Tennessee.

"If I didn't withdraw $10,000, they said they were going to kill me," he said.

As he was driving, Evans said he looked for police but didn't see any and tried to work out a plan. The bank's about two miles from his house.

He pulled up to the teller window and told the men he would need a withdrawal slip to get the money. The front-seat robber handed his 9mm pistol to the back-seat robber -- who already had a .22-caliber rifle -- and went inside to get the slip.

Evans noticed a security guard leaning against the bank's wall and mouthed to him: "Call police, I'm being robbed."

The robber, sitting directly behind the driver's seat, asked him what he said and Evans told him, "I didn't say a damn thing."

The man kept turning around nervously to look at the security guard, Evans said. That's when Evans reached under his seat and pulled out a .357 Magnum.

"When he turned around, I unloaded six rounds in him," Evans said. "He didn't have a chance."

Evans bought the gun in the parking lot of a gas station the day after he was robbed two weeks ago. He'd cleaned it up, putting baby oil in the revolver, so it'd be ready if he needed it.

Evans said he got out of the car and started to reload when the other suspect came out of the bank. "He took off running."

He tried to shoot that suspect too, but his gun wouldn't fire.

Someone inside the bank called 911. When employees heard the gunshots, the bank was immediately locked down and remained closed Tuesday, said spokesman Walter Dawson.

Late Tuesday, investigators were looking for the man who ran away and were working to identify the man who died, said Lt. Toney Armstrong.

After being questioned by police, Evans said they told him he was free to go.

Police said late Tuesday their investigation will be turned over to the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office, as a matter of routine.

Evans said he has only one regret. "I didn't kill the one that got away."

Tuesday night, his family drove up from Mississippi to be with Evans, who said he was happy to be alive.

"It's really not something to be proud of," he said. "But I'm happy it was them and not me."

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After much discussion, editors of The Commercial Appeal decided to publish today's photograph to focus public attention on the alarming rise in homicides and violent crime in Memphis. Editors felt that the circumstances of Tuesday's incident outside a South Memphis bank, in which an apparent robbery victim fatally shot one of his alleged abductors, warranted Page 1 treatment.

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Alex45ACP
August 10, 2005, 12:35 PM
Tuesday, the same two robbers returned, telling him to withdraw $10,000 from his bank, or die, he said. Instead, Evans deposited six bullets in one of them.

Evans said he has only one regret. "I didn't kill the one that got away."

Hahahahaha.

Nice work, and another punk taken off the streets :)

armoredman
August 10, 2005, 12:52 PM
Bought in a parking lot - legal in that state, I hope? Someone send him a cleaning kit - lubed with baby oil? I wonder why it didn't fire after he reloaded..

GunnySkox
August 10, 2005, 12:59 PM
That guy is just plain hardcore. We read articles all the time about victims fighting back, but this guy's a character, and it's obvious whoever wrote this had a good time playing off of his personality with the article.

Awesome article.

~Slam_Fire

lucky_fool
August 10, 2005, 01:06 PM
This ties right in with the thread about the Paula Zahn show. It just goes to show that submitting to thieves just gives them incentive to come back for more. Kudos to this guy for being ready for them.

ewb45acp
August 10, 2005, 01:22 PM
Now, someone in Memphis find this gentleman and buy him a proper cleaning kit...

?!?babyoil?!?

foghornl
August 10, 2005, 01:25 PM
Hey, this guy needs a Hoppe's/Outers' cleaning kit, and some speedloaders... :D

Todays' Box Score:

Good Guys 1
Scumbums 0

Too bad it is not 2-0

I grew up in/around Memphis, and yeah it was a good city, but even then had some problem areas, just like any other big city. Does look to be getting tougher there, though. Downtown, in spite of the Beale Street revitalization and the baseball field, has some very rough spots.

Warren
August 10, 2005, 02:17 PM
Standing O!!!!


Great Job!

Seminole
August 10, 2005, 02:35 PM
3 cheers for Mr. Evans! :D

Yep, Memphis is a rough town, but it has a lot of character (and characters, too, as Slam-Fire notes!). As in any other big city, situational awareness is of utmost importance. Those of us who can afford to live in better areas avoid going into neighborhoods where others, such as Mr. Evans, have little choice but to live in. Nonetheless, crime is not limited to South Memphis, which is why, in addition to being vigilant, I carry constantly.

Situations like this one illustrate the dangers of waiting periods for the purchase of firearms, as well as the outlawing of private sales. The situation might have turned out quite differently had Mr. Evans had not been able to purchase an affordable firearm when he felt a need for it--a hardworking, productive member of society might now be dead instead of the despicable, free-loading, scum-dwelling vermin who attempted to rob him.

Mr. Evans probably did commit one crime, however. In Tennessee it is illegal to carry a handgun in the car without a handgun carry permit. Given the circumstances cited in the paper, I doubt he had a permit. I hope he is not charged on that account. And somebody ought to cite this case as a reason for getting the law changed so that no permit is necessary in order to carry in your vehicle.

WT
August 10, 2005, 02:43 PM
We now have to start a 'baby oil vs. Hoppe's' thread.

Good shooting. I hope somebody gives him a gift certificate to 'detail' the back seat of the Lincoln.

taliv
August 10, 2005, 02:56 PM
janitors at hersheys wear blue helmets? odd

but yeah, bully for him

Kharn
August 10, 2005, 03:01 PM
Evans bought the gun in the parking lot of a gas station the day after he was robbed two weeks ago. He'd cleaned it up, putting baby oil in the revolver, so it'd be ready if he needed it. I've heard of babying your gun, but jeez...

Kharn

Third_Rail
August 10, 2005, 03:13 PM
After much discussion, editors of The Commercial Appeal decided to publish today's photograph to focus public attention on the alarming rise in homicides and violent crime in Memphis. Editors felt that the circumstances of Tuesday's incident outside a South Memphis bank, in which an apparent robbery victim fatally shot one of his alleged abductors, warranted Page 1 treatment.


Wow. Now that is a good paper.

kngflp
August 10, 2005, 03:23 PM
My grandma showed it to me this morning when I stopped in to check on her, she said good for him. I guess Mr. Evens is going to have to bo back to that gas station to get another pistol. MPD will have it for a while and the second suspect may come back to avenge his dead buddy. I sure hope the pistol comes back clean. I should start checking out gas stations in South Memphis for deals on guns.

A while back some people had to move after they shot a home invader in Memphis. All of the deceased's homies kept shooting at their house and stuff.

Warren
August 10, 2005, 03:46 PM
janitors at hersheys wear blue helmets? odd


And blue hairnets.....

Standing Wolf
August 10, 2005, 04:09 PM
Evans said he has only one regret. "I didn't kill the one that got away."

I'm sure I'd have felt the same way, but hope, at least, I'd not have said so in plain English.

MilsurpShooter
August 10, 2005, 04:56 PM
The sad thing, with today's society, will be if the family of the one who got shot now tries to sue and charge for pre-meditated murder. Now I know it won't work but I've seen lawyers try to pull some really stupid stuff.

Kudos to Mr. Evans for not allowing himself to be a victim again though

straightShot
August 10, 2005, 05:05 PM
I like the way that the paper came up with a headline that said that the "Victim" fought back. They got it right. All too often, newspapers in general feel sorry for scumbags since they're no longer breathing, and they try to make the bad guy into some sort of victim.

I'm glad that things worked out for this guy. I would advise against saying too much to the police and the reporters, however. I'd like to send him a cleaning kit, however...

ZeroX
August 10, 2005, 05:07 PM
Tuesday, the same two robbers returned, telling him to withdraw $10,000 from his bank, or die, he said. Instead, Evans deposited six bullets in one of them.

*cracks a big smile at that one* :D

middy
August 11, 2005, 10:24 AM
6 rounds of .357 magnum inside of a car?

I'll bet his ears are still ringing.

Baby oil, heh. Well, you make do...

Good shootin'. Too bad the other one got away.

Janitor
August 11, 2005, 10:32 AM
"janitors at hersheys wear blue helmets? odd"
Yea ... well I'm here to tell you that janitorial work can get real messy at times. :cool:

Seminole
August 11, 2005, 10:52 AM
Another bit of good news--according to today's paper, the D.A. announced that, since he used the gun in self-defense, Mr. Evans won't be charged with carrying without a permit. Good call, though apparently under state law the D.A. didn't even have a choice in the matter.

Apparently, the police loved what Mr. Evans did. According to the paper, ". . . police were downright understanding, almost solicitous, Evans said. 'I have never been treated like a king before,' he joked. 'Usually, I have to make my own coffee.'"

And in an explanation of both the baby oil issue and the jam after he reloaded to go after the second guy, "The gun only cost $75 because the cylinder was stuck. Evans said he used baby oil to loosen it, but it jammed after he reloaded it. Defective or not, Evans said the gun did what it needed to. 'Well, it took care of me yesterday,' he said."

Sounds like he needs to get that thing to a gunsmith. The other bad guy may come back.

BeLikeTrey
August 11, 2005, 11:22 AM
loved that phrase too

Andrew Rothman
August 11, 2005, 12:16 PM
Okay, Memphis THRers, who's gonna go get that guy to a gunsmith and a carry class?

Seriously, he's one of us -- he just doesn't know it yet. It's time to lend a hand.

teCh0010
August 11, 2005, 01:32 PM
No permit, no crime, no charge
Killing at bank lot was an act of self-defense

By Chris Conley
Contact
August 11, 2005

A sanitation worker who unloaded six .357 Magnum slugs into an armed kidnapper won't be charged with a crime, officials said Wednesday.

And Jacob Evans didn't have a permit to carry the pistol, but won't be charged for that, either, officials said.


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Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons said the shooting was justifiable.

Under state law, he said, a person can't be charged with not having a gun permit if the gun is used in a justifiable self-defense.

And Evans -- an outspoken 59-year-old -- said he definitely feared for his life.

"You have got to be nervous in that situation," Evans said. "Anyone who tells you different is a liar."

Evans was jumped by two men as he drove up to his home in the 300 block of Edsel Tuesday after work.

The two forced him into his Lincoln Town Car and made him drive to a bank where they wanted him to withdraw $10,000.

One man went into the First Tennessee at 1200 S. Third to fetch a withdrawal slip and gave his pistol to his accomplice, who already had a .22-caliber rifle.

Evans -- who'd been robbed of $465 by the pair three weeks ago -- reached under his car seat, turned and emptied his newly bought pistol on his armed captor.

He tried to shoot the second man when he returned, but his gun jammed.

Evans said after he was robbed, he bought the handgun from a friend at a parking lot for $75 the next day.

A new .357 Magnum can run anywhere from $250 to $500. The sale to Evans wasn't illegal, officials said, though the weapon should eventually have been registered.

The gun cost only $75 because the cylinder was stuck. Evans said he used baby oil to loosen it, but it jammed after he reloaded it.

Defective or not, Evans said the gun did what it needed to.

"Well, it took care of me yesterday," he said.

Police hadn't identified the dead kidnapper Wednesday, and still didn't know the second man's identity.

Detectives will be looking at bank surveillance footage, and will see if Evans can pick out the second man, so they'll at least have his picture to work from.

Twenty-four hours after his kidnapping, the shooting, and having been interviewed by police, Evans maintained that his only regret was not shooting the second man.

"The only after-effect," Evans said, "was I didn't get the other one."

And police were downright understanding, almost solicitious, Evans said.

"I have never been treated like a king before," he joked. "Usually, I have to make my own coffee."

BryanP
August 11, 2005, 02:11 PM
The sale to Evans wasn't illegal, officials said, though the weapon should eventually have been registered.

Huh? :scrutiny:

Last time I checked we didn't have gun registration in TN.

Seminole
August 11, 2005, 02:41 PM
Huh?

Last time I checked we didn't have gun registration in TN.

I just spoke to the reporter, who said that the line about "registration" was a mistake. He said had been unaware that a carry permit and registration aren't the same thing and that some states actually required all guns to be registered, but that someone had already contacted him and pointed out the error.

Just goes to show, not all mis-statements about gun issues in the press are due to malice--sometimes they can be due to simple ignorance and thus easily corrected.

buzz_knox
August 11, 2005, 02:49 PM
Except that they are rarely corrected. Think the paper will run a correction clarifying this matter? I doubt it.

Seminole
August 11, 2005, 02:59 PM
You could ask the reporter yourself. I'm in the process of sending an e-mail to him inviting him to take a look at the discussion of the story on THR. If he doesn't make his presence known, you could e-mail him at conley@commercialappeal.com. Regardless of whether he makes a public appearance here or not, I'm sure it will be helpful if we treat him in the welcoming way we normally treat other newcomers and that is reflected in The High Road's name.

benEzra
August 11, 2005, 03:13 PM
Evans had just gotten off work at Hershey Foods, where he's a sanitation worker. He was wearing his uniform and a blue hairnet.

Good thing he didn't work for Weyerhauser; he'd be unarmed and probably dead. Since W. employees aren't allowed to defend themselves on the way to and from work... :fire:

countertop
August 11, 2005, 03:25 PM
With everyone talking about sending his gun to the smith's and getting him a cleaning kit, has anyone looked into setting upa fund to purchase him a new S&W revolver, so he is ensured it won't jam up. Maybe a semi auto something or other with more than 6 rounds to keep at home for when this goblin's homies come looking for payback.

Jim March
August 11, 2005, 03:32 PM
Baby oil is just scented mineral oil...not really a bad thing to use on a gun.

Mongo the Mutterer
August 11, 2005, 03:52 PM
Thankfully, they didn't charge Evans. Good on him. Hell of a thing to have to do, but he won... he's alive. And he's not a willing victim.

My sentiments also about the possiblity of payback. Let's get this guy a gun, like the fellow in Indiana.

johnster999
August 11, 2005, 04:15 PM
Best story I've read all year. Makes my day a little brighter :D

999

brian roberts
August 11, 2005, 07:22 PM
of this over to sarah brady's site :evil:

GunGoBoom
August 11, 2005, 07:32 PM
Hilarious on so many levels. First, baby oil as lube for his gun. Second, dead robber. Third:

"When he turned around, I unloaded six rounds in him," Evans said. "He didn't have a chance."
....

the other suspect came out of the bank. "He took off running."
He tried to shoot that suspect too, but his gun wouldn't fire.

Well, that's what happens when you unload all 6 into the first guy - lol. Too bad he didn't have a modern large frame Taurus or Smith - then he'd have had 1 or 2 more rounds to work with.

bcbr
August 11, 2005, 10:36 PM
Glad you posted these articles
As the local yokel no news reporters claim man takes laws into his own hands,and proceeds with some cop saying not the way to handle this ,that is our job etc.
Some thing similar happened out in Collierville a while back and it was man takes law into his own hands.
all we can say is good for him and ,yes it is legal to purchace a firearm in a parking lot,always has been and always will be.
No matter what is written,seriously .it is legal for private sales etc.
I pick up a BHP at Guns and Ammo yesterday and the news folks called and asked about increased gun sales due to all the car jackings. Socialist morons.

Yowza
August 12, 2005, 11:26 AM
I can't help thinking that it's incredibly lucky for him that the gun jammed when it did. I'm not sure he wouldn't have been charged if he had shot a fleeing, unarmed perpetrator, especially given his candor with the media. Glad everything worked out the way it did for him.

Rick

NineseveN
August 12, 2005, 04:17 PM
I got $50.00 to fund a new revolver, some ammo and a CCW class. Let's get this started, for real. I am terrible at organizing, but I'll throw down some cashola and help shop for the gun.

Seriously folks, can't we at least do this one thing together?

Added a link to this on my Firearms Blog.

Seminole
August 12, 2005, 08:24 PM
Ok. If there is interest, I will volunteer to coordinate this. I was going to try to get in touch with Mr. Evans this weekend anyway to see if I could help on my own. Anybody else who is interested in making a contribution, let me know.

NineseveN
August 12, 2005, 08:26 PM
How about a gift certificate for ther value of a new revolver in a local shop? Might be easier to reconcile that way?

Golden Saber
August 13, 2005, 11:51 AM
Seminfole:

Thanks for stepping up to the plate, and count me in. Will PM you with my contact info.

Golden Saber

Golden Saber
August 13, 2005, 12:03 PM
http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3996684,00.html (http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3996684,00.html)

Dead robbery suspect ID'd

Victim shot teen; 2nd robber sought by police

By Bill Dries
August 12, 2005

The robbery suspect killed Tuesday by his victim at a South Memphis bank was identified by police Thursday as Leverett Dickson, 17, of Memphis.

Memphis police were still looking for a second suspect in the attempted robbery of Jacob Evans.

Prosecutors have ruled the shooting as justifiable. and Evans will not be charged with any crime.

Police provided no background information Thursday on Dickson, although they noted that family members told investigators the teenager used an alias, Donnell A. Walls, whenever he was arrested.

Evans was abducted at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon at his home in the 300 block of Edsel. Two men, who Evans said had robbed him three weeks earlier, made him drive to the First Tennessee branch at 1200 S. Third.

They ordered him to withdraw $10,000, but he didn't have a withdrawal slip.

One of the robbers went to get a slip. When he did, Evans pulled out a .357 Magnum and shot Dickson six times.

Dickson was sitting in the back seat of the car holding a 9 mm handgun and a .22 caliber rifle.

The second robber returned to the car when he heard the gunfire. Evans tried to shoot him, but his gun jammed and the robber fled.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH or the police Homicide Bureau at 545-5300.

-- Bill Dries: 529-2643

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Golden Saber
August 13, 2005, 12:06 PM
Police provided no background information Thursday on Dickson, although they noted that family members told investigators the teenager used an alias, Donnell A. Walls, whenever he was arrested.

And that, my friends, is part of the problem.

Golden Saber
August 13, 2005, 12:12 PM
http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3999248,00.html (http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_news/article/0,1426,MCA_437_3999248,00.html)

Teen charged in kidnapping case

Second suspect found in botched bank lot robbery

By Magen Howard
August 13, 2005

Police on Friday charged a Memphis teenager with taking part in an attempted robbery that ended when the victim pulled his own gun and shot to death an armed kidnapper.

Alonzo Thomas, 17, turned himself in to police Thursday afternoon and was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

Police say he had joined 17-year-old Leverett Dickson in the attempt to rob Jacob Evans, 59, Tuesday after work, and ran off when the shooting started.

Evans was jumped by two older teenagers as he drove up to his home in the 300 block of Edsel. The two forced him into his Lincoln Town Car and made him drive to a bank where they wanted him to withdraw $10,000.

One robber, identified by police as Thomas, went into the First Tennessee at 1200 S. Third to fetch a withdrawal slip and gave his pistol to Dickson, who already had a .22-caliber rifle. Evans -- who said he'd been robbed of $465 by the pair three weeks earlier -- reached under his car seat, turned and emptied his newly bought .357 Magnum into Dickson.

Evans then reloaded his gun, which jammed when he tried to shoot.

Dist. Atty. Gen. Bill Gibbons said the shooting was justifiable. Evans was not charged.

"Once we identified Leverett, it was a simple matter of doing an investigation into his known accomplices, his known acquaintances," Sgt. Vince Higgins said.

"We met one-by-one and put the pressure on, and Mr. Thomas turned himself in," Higgins said.

Thomas has previous arrests for car theft, theft, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, running away and disorderly conduct, dating to 2002.

Dickson also had previous arrests, including car thefts, disorderly conduct and running away.

Thomas had been in Juvenile Court custody three times; Dickson once.

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DorGunR
August 13, 2005, 12:33 PM
Thank you Mr Evans..........good job sir. Also I'm proud to have been a newspaper boy and delivered the Commercial Appeal..........but that was 60 years ago.

Seminole
August 13, 2005, 03:51 PM
I placed a call to Mr. Evans today. Quite understandably, he didn't anwer the phone himself, but I left a message on the answering machine telling him that some of my friends and I would like to help him get a functioning weapon and get him the appropriate training for a Handgun Carry Permit (the Tennessee version of a CCL). I'll keep you posted on things as they develop. In the meantime, if you would be willing to contribute, please PM me.

The Viking
August 13, 2005, 04:13 PM
I read that some states charge criminals with murder/manslaughter if their partner is killed during the commision of a crime (killed by the victim etc). Is Tennesse one of those states?

Oh, and Mr. Evans is the hero of the day. :) He made damn sure the little punk would not try to pull that $#!7 EVER again :D :D

Rabbi
August 13, 2005, 04:26 PM
Mr. Evans is definitely one of us.

Lucky
August 13, 2005, 10:28 PM
I guess I can spare 10 bucks, do you have paypal?

P.S. Robbers demanding $10,000 are awfully optimistic. I don't know many people who aren't in debt by at least that much.

JohnKSa
August 13, 2005, 11:21 PM
family members told investigators the teenager used an alias, Donnell A. Walls, whenever he was arrested.That makes me so mad I wish Evans could kill him again.I'm not sure he wouldn't have been charged if he had shot a fleeing, unarmed perpetratorI'd like to think that he would have been cut some slack, but I think you're probably right.

Still, I share Evan's regret that he was only able to rehabilitate one of the punks.

kngflp
August 14, 2005, 03:39 PM
I'm sure Guns and Ammo or Classic Arms would be happy to help Mr. Evans get a new gun. I am sure I could contribute a little as well.

Sportcat
August 14, 2005, 05:05 PM
Good job sir!

I hope Mr. Evans is prepared for payback from the thugs' family and friends!

Seminole
August 14, 2005, 08:21 PM
Thanks for being willing to contribute, kngflp. After two phone calls to Mr. Evans' number, he hasn't called me back yet. I can imagine that he may be getting quite a few calls, so I guess it's not unusual that he hasn't got back with me yet. If I haven't heard from him in the next couple of days, I may try to swing by his house and see if he is still there or if he is staying with family for now. As someone has already suggested, he may fear retribution from the young punk's friends or family.

Golden Saber has already suggested that we get Guns and Ammo involved (for non-Memphians, that's the name of a local gunstore, not a reference to the tools at hand!). I think its a good idea, and we can get in contact with them after I've heard from Mr. Evans. I've also contacted Range USA about helping us get Mr. Evans some training so he can get his carry permit.

Thanks again for your willingness to help. I'll let everybody know as soon as I'm able to get in touch with Mr. Evans.

Father Knows Best
August 25, 2005, 10:08 AM
Don't bother going by his house. I saw on the news this morning that he is behind bars. Apparently, he is a convicted felon. He was convicted of first degree murder in 1970 for killing his mother-in-law, and spent 25 years in prison. As a convicted felon, of course, he isn't permitted to possess a firearm. So ... he's been arrested on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and will likely go back to prison.

Sportcat
August 25, 2005, 10:13 AM
:what:

Well, this incident has now caused three people to longer be part of society.

NineseveN
August 25, 2005, 11:46 AM
:what:

Seminole
August 25, 2005, 04:38 PM
Yep. I saw the news in the paper this morning. Technically, he can't be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, since he used it in justifiable self-defense. Instead, they got him for violating his parole, which he was apparently serving after having been released on parole in 1994 after serving about 24 years for a first-degree murder conviction.

This explains why I haven't been able to get in touch with him--he was at 201 Poplar (the county jail). It's just as well, since we couldn't have helped anyway, given the circumstances. Thanks anyway to all who were willing to help.

The_Antibubba
August 25, 2005, 08:27 PM
Weird how these things work sometimes.

Baby Oil? Guess those bullets were "soft nose"! :D

teCh0010
August 27, 2005, 10:51 AM
Evans could get year in jail
Shooting justifiable, but not possessing pistol in the first place

The gun that saved his life also may be sending Jacob Evans back to prison for a year.

A hearing officer recommended Friday that Evans be returned to prison for violating his parole by possessing a handgun, despite Evans's insistence that the gun saved his life.

Evans, who was on parole for a 1969 murder, shot and killed a would-be robber this month with a .357 Magnum he said he bought after being victimized by criminals. The shooting was ruled justifiable.

"I've been robbed, robbed and robbed and my home's been broken into two times," Evans said in the 20-minute hearing in a small visitation room in the Shelby County Jail. "I'm here to tell you, if I have to do time for saving my life I'm just going to have to be man enough to do it. The gun saved me, and it is the reason I'm here talking to you today."

John Greer, a hearing officer with the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, said possessing a deadly weapon violated a condition of his parole. He said he also considered Evans's three prior revocations of his parole for drugs or weapons offenses. He has maintained a good parole record for the past nine years.

Greer said he would recommend to the board that Evans's parole be revoked and that he be returned to prison until August 2006, when parole again would be considered.

Two members of the seven-member parole board must agree with the recommendation for the decision to be final. A decision is expected within two weeks.

Evans will remain in jail until then, and if the recommendation is adopted he would be transferred to a prison in the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Evans, 59, was paroled in 1980 on his life sentence for the first-degree murder in 1969 of his mother-in-law, Ollie Lee Derdun, 54, in the 900 block of Texas. Evans, who pleaded guilty, told police he was trying to kill another man when he fired his shotgun.

The victim's 15-year-old daughter, Patricia Steverson, who was wounded in the shooting, showed up at the jail Friday morning to testify against Evans, but the parole hearing had ended about 10 minutes earlier.

Steverson, who is confined to a wheelchair because of the shooting, said she thinks her mother's death was no accident.

"He wasn't no good back then," said Steverson, now 51, "and he ain't no good person now."

Evans was sentenced to life in prison in September 1969, but under pre-1982 laws he was eligible for parole after serving less than 13 years with good-behavior credits.

Evans said in the hearing that he had made mistakes in his past, but that years ago he decided to stay out of trouble by avoiding nightclubs, working every day and paying his bills.

"I'd rather be here talking to you all than being 6 feet in my grave," Evans told reporters after the hearing. "A year is not too long, I'll make it."

teCh0010
August 27, 2005, 10:54 AM
In the Commercial Appeal coverage on 8/25 they headlined their coverage with "Vigilante jailed; parole violation; Jacob Evans has 1969 conviction for murder. They ran my letter to the editor today.


I was disappointed to see your use of the term "vigilante" in your Aug. 25 article about the arrest of of Jacob Evans ("Vigilante jailed; parole violation; Jacob Evans has 1969 conviction for murder").

Vigilante is defined as "one who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one's own hands," and it has negative connotations. Evans did not take the law into his own hands; our system of law is not designed to protect each individual citizen from violent crime. Our system of law is designed to punish, rehabilitate and deter criminals.

Evans was placed in a hard situation in which he needed a gun to defend himself, but he did not go out and hunt down criminals to punish. If I remember the accounts in this newspaper correctly, he was abducted from his own front yard by a pair of armed assailants. I fail to see the connection between being abducted from your front yard and forced to defend yourself in a life-threatening situation and vigilantism, but I'm not a newspaper editor looking for a buzzword.

Evans paid his debt to society for his previous problems, and seems to be a productive citizen now. He should not spend any more time behind bars simply because he refused to be a victim.

Heath Reynolds

Collierville

Sportcat
August 27, 2005, 10:56 AM
Good letter!

The_Antibubba
August 27, 2005, 06:08 PM
I won't condone his previous crimes, but this case seems like the actualization if the sig line, "Better to be tried by twelve, than to carried by six".

If they send him to prison, I wish him easy time.

mics357
August 27, 2005, 09:33 PM
dang, this tale has more turns than a snake with back trouble. still all things being equal, i wish him well, he was forced to make a hard choice, and chose correctly. I don't like the idea of him being around at this time. since he was convicted of murder, he probably should not have been out to be on the recieving end of violent crime. but since they let him out, he seems to have kept himself out of trouble and should have been able to continue his life unaccosted. like the rest of us. :cool:

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