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Author Topic: Retired Green Beret [187th AHC] Shoots Intruder, Gets Court Martial  (Read 2050 times)

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Retired Green Beret shoots intruder, gets court martial
BREVARD, Jan. 19, 2008 – Retired Army Green Beret Smokey Taylor got his
court martial this weekend and came away feeling good about it.
Taylor, at age 80 the oldest member of Chapter XXXIII of the Special
Forces Association, was on trial by his peers under the charge of “failing to
use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his
home in Knoxville, TN, in December.

The entire affair, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. Taylor had
been awakened in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, when an intruder broke
into his home. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in
hand.
When the intruder threatened him with a knife, Taylor warned him, then
brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes.
“That boy had the hardest head I’ve ever seen,” Taylor said after his
trial. “The bullet bounced right off. ”The impact knocked the would-be thief
down momentarily. He crawled out of the room then got up and ran out the
door and down the street. Knoxville police apprehended him a few blocks away
and he now awaits trial in the Knox County jail.

The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired
Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the
wars in Korea and Vietnam.

Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have
saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII
President Bill Long of Asheville. “He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22
just wasn’t big enough to get the job done.”
Taylor’s defense attorney, another retired Weapons Sergeant, disagreed. He
said Taylor had done the right thing in choosing to arm himself with a .22.
“If he’d used a .45 or something like that the round would have gone
right through the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured some
innocent child asleep in its bed,” he said. “I believe the evidence shows
that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment in his choice of weapons.
He did nothing wrong, and clearly remains to this day an excellent weapons
man.”

Counsel for the defense then floated a theory as to why the bullet bounced
off the perp’s forehead.
“He was victimized by old ammunition,” he said, “just as he was in Korea
and again in Vietnam, when his units were issued ammo left over from World
War II.”

Taylor said nothing in his own defense, choosing instead to allow his
peers to debate the matter. After the trial he said the ammunition was indeed
old and added the new information that the perp had soiled his pants as he
crawled out of the house.
“I would have had an even worse mess to clean up if it had gone through
his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was good for both of us that it didn’t.”

Following testimony from both sides, Taylor was acquitted of the charges
and was given a round of applause.

Meanwhile, back in Knox County, the word is out: Don’t go messing with
Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.

James T "Smokey" Taylor, D-529, of Knoxville, TN and an original member of
Chapter 33, has been nominated by the American Legion, Post #2, Knoxville,
Tennessee, to serve as Grand Chef De Gare du Tennessee. This is an honor
Smokey richly deserves.
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Re: Retired Green Beret [187th AHC] Shoots Intruder, Gets Court Martial
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2012, 06:36:16 PM »
22's are a nasty round to be shot with! but things turned out well!