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  • hawkdaddy138 Jan 17, 9:02 a.m.

    All the 'witnesses' where other hunters down there running dogs with these two deadbeats. Probably related, friends, or belonging to the same hunting club. Totally unbaised observations on their part.....

  • trueblue0100 Jan 15, 2:11 p.m.

    Another George Zimmerman story. Ex-cop/wannabee cop intervenes with suspected suspect/suspects without authority. This time, suspects survive shooting and can tell their own version.

  • HeelHater Jan 14, 3:34 p.m.

    I don't understand all the talk about getting all the facts and two sides to a story. They finally got enough of both sides and made the arrest. Bottom line is this; he approached two people that were not on his or anybody else's property, they were on a public, state maintained road in NC Gamelands, the victims were unarmed and the shooter shot them both after some type of altercation that the shooter initiated. That's illegal, anyway you say it.

  • stormtrooper76 Jan 11, 7:00 p.m.

    Sounds like another case of a cops badge getting the best of him. ( retired or not ) They all think they can do what ever they want like they're above the law,... so sad.

    feistyredhead2001

    Another foolish statement.

  • stormtrooper76 Jan 11, 6:59 p.m.

    Or the SHP that KILLED a lady sitting at a stop light because he was speeding to catch a speeder on the highway. The best part is it turned out to be "HER" fault. The G.O.B.N. is in session!!!!!

    cantbtaught

    If you're talking about the accident that happened in the triad area, your facts are inaccurate. She wasnt sitting at the light. She pulled out into the intersection in front of the trooper who was attempting to catch a speeder. That changes everything.

    Still a very tragic event though.

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 11, 6:08 p.m.

    The fact that it won't his land is what got this fellow in trouble, and yes, he might of thought he was right, (Failed). Hope it's a wake up call for him.

  • dsalter Jan 11, 6:01 p.m.

    Sounds like another case of a cops badge getting the best of him. ( retired or not ) They all think they can do what ever they want like they're above the law,... so sad.

    feistyredhead2001

    It's not wise to judge when you hear just one side of the story.

  • esteryates69 Jan 11, 5:37 p.m.

    From experience i know first hand how sorry the sheriff dept,is at Elizabeth town NC is.So this is just a explain of what they do.So he mostly get a small slap on his hand,for slotting these two people.There believe they about the law.Just look at prove things they done in the past.

  • tsquaring Jan 11, 5:24 p.m.

    Interesting that the former LEO didn't just call the cops. DId he not trust them?

  • same ole story Jan 11, 5:08 p.m.

    Those paid to enforce the law should be held to the highest degree of accountability.

    Not in North Carolina. Did you follow the trial of a local Judge last month who received a "reprimand"?
    bubbba

    Or the SHP that KILLED a lady sitting at a stop light because he was speeding to catch a speeder on the highway. The best part is it turned out to be "HER" fault. The G.O.B.N. is in session!!!!!

  • bubbba Jan 11, 5:05 p.m.

    Weissinger confronted the pair about trespassing on his father-in-law's land,

    It was even his land. No castle law here.

  • bubbba Jan 11, 5:01 p.m.

    Those paid to enforce the law should be held to the highest degree of accountability.

    Not in North Carolina. Did you follow the trial of a local Judge last month who received a "reprimand"?

  • gnewsome1 Jan 11, 5:01 p.m.

    "Why are the professions of the supposed trespassers not highlighted in the article as well?" That's an easy one. They don't have professions other than tresspassing on another's land to kill game.

  • gnewsome1 Jan 11, 4:57 p.m.

    I am with the former trooper for protecting his father's land from trespassers. Dogs do not adhere to property lines nor do overzealous hunters.

  • WooHoo2You Jan 11, 4:53 p.m.

    You are allowed to defend yourself on your property. We know that the two supposed trespassers were hunting, so it would be safe to assume that they were armed. There were two of them and one of him.- brookews

    So if there were two of them and only one of him and he was ‘defending himself’ why were they the only ones with bullet holes in their bodies???? You would think the big mean father and son combo would have at least wounded the poor little man who shot them.

    BTW, he jumped out of his SUV with a gun in hand…don’t you think that sounds a little on the aggressive side from the get-go?

  • brookews Jan 11, 4:31 p.m.

    You are allowed to defend yourself on your property. We know that the two supposed trespassers were hunting, so it would be safe to assume that they were armed. There were two of them and one of him. How do we know that the incident and altercation wasn't instigated and escalated by the two men on someone else's property. A lot of facts are not being reported. If the same incident occurred and the shooter was a bank teller, EMT, lawyer, fast food clerk etc, would that have been reported? This is not in the same category as a teacher having sex with a student, not even close.

  • Rebelyell Jan 11, 4:29 p.m.

    Let him have it with both barrels, I say. Those paid to enforce the law should be held to the highest degree of accountability. These snarky no trespassing no hunting stay off my property or I will shoot you guys are thick out here in the woods of NC. I am sick of anyone thinking they can shoot you just because you are hunting on their property. It is usually called an 'accident' but this time he shot twice.

  • BullsEye Jan 11, 4:21 p.m.

    hy is the article highlighting the fact that he is a retired NC State Trooper? Why is that relevant to the story? Seems like the media never misses a chance to bash law enforcement. Why are the professions of the supposed trespassers not highlighted in the article as well?
    brookews
    January 11, 2013 4:06 p.m

    They highlight that it's a retired trooper because it is noteworthy that a trusted member of society does this. It's the same reason that if a teacher has sex with a student it's big news...we trust these people to be better decision makers.

  • same ole story Jan 11, 4:15 p.m.

    Looks like the "Good ole boy network" took a big hit when Bev left office. They are actually being held responsible THIS TIME. I am sure by the time it gets to trial it will be just a parking ticket for this attempted murderer. Retired or not HE BROKE THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 4:10 p.m.

    RE : ...no matter how bad your inner Clint Eastwood wants to. ???

    Huh,,, Clint Eastwood never shot anyone by accident, anyone that wasn't askin' for it,,, anyone that didn't have it comin' or even anyone by negligent discharge.

    You watch too much TV !!!

  • 426X1E-6 Jan 11, 4:09 p.m.

    I am waiting for the Anti-Gunner comments on this one.

  • brookews Jan 11, 4:06 p.m.

    Why is the article highlighting the fact that he is a retired NC State Trooper? Why is that relevant to the story? Seems like the media never misses a chance to bash law enforcement. Why are the professions of the supposed trespassers not highlighted in the article as well?

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 11, 3:59 p.m.

    Sounds like another case of a cops badge getting the best of him. ( retired or not ) They all think they can do what ever they want like they're above the law,... so sad.

  • lsdhome Jan 11, 3:45 p.m.

    Temper, temper!

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 3:40 p.m.

    RE : Just curious, did he fall into the "law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner" category before this happened?

    More like the "Only Cops should have guns" category !

  • dshan10670 Jan 11, 3:39 p.m.

    Whether the shooter engaged them on public land or private land seems to be overlooked in the reporting. Seems key to me. With five witnesses, looks like foot dragging also.

  • Squidbert Jan 11, 3:36 p.m.

    Dude,
    I'm a landowner whose land adjoins state game lands and keg4life has a point, though I wouldn't consider most of the folks whose dogs have wandered onto my property as "rogue" hunters. I have met some whose opinion is "well, the dog can't read a no-trespass sign, so too bad", but fortunately they are a minority.

  • BullsEye Jan 11, 3:34 p.m.

    there is more to this than him shooting w/o cause......unless you are a land owner, you won't understand this....they are running rampant over peoples land...shooting/hunting...running dogs...and we as land owners have no say so...period!
    NCwhisperer...
    January 11, 2013 3:24 p.m

    There might be more to the story, but if someone is simply doing the equivalent of walking on your lawn, you can't shoot them...no matter how bad your inner Clint Eastwood wants to.

  • NCwhisperer... Jan 11, 3:27 p.m.

    keg4life- u are making stuff up. Do you live in Cary or something?
    TheDude abides..

    TheDude....come out to our farm during hunting season...he isn't making anything up...it is THAT bad.

  • NCwhisperer... Jan 11, 3:24 p.m.

    It sounds like a bunch of rogue hunters. Dog running clubs seem to have this type of problem everywhere they hunt. They seem to think property lines and laws dont pertain to them? Lets get all the facts.
    keg4life..........that is exactly right!

    there is more to this than him shooting w/o cause......unless you are a land owner, you won't understand this....they are running rampant over peoples land...shooting/hunting...running dogs...and we as land owners have no say so...period!

  • CAROLINA43 Jan 11, 3:24 p.m.

    It seems Mr. Weissinger should have contacted law enforcement, but he chose to enforce justice by his own methods.

  • TheDude abides... Jan 11, 3:15 p.m.

    keg4life- u are making stuff up. Do you live in Cary or something?

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 11, 3:10 p.m.

    Not a bright bulb right there

  • Quagmire Jan 11, 3:08 p.m.

    He was just standing his ground.

  • the opinion no one asked for Jan 11, 2:58 p.m.

    hurry up and add retired state troopers to the weapons ban as well.

  • BullsEye Jan 11, 2:50 p.m.

    Just curious, did he fall into the "law-abiding citizen and responsible gun owner" category before this happened?

  • miketroll3572 Jan 11, 2:50 p.m.

    I hate it when someone is yelling and screaming at me with gun. Hmmmm now that I think about it, it's always been a cop.

    Sounds to me you should be lucky you are not dead!

  • keg4life Jan 11, 2:43 p.m.

    It sounds like a bunch of rogue hunters. Dog running clubs seem to have this type of problem everywhere they hunt. They seem to think property lines and laws dont pertain to them? Lets get all the facts.

  • no contest Jan 11, 2:41 p.m.

    Bullies with badges and guns never really retire, they just look for other reasons to harass people. Having 2 retired cops in the family has shown me what I think MOST cops are like.

  • bubbba Jan 11, 2:38 p.m.

    Ban cops with guns.

  • oleguy Jan 11, 2:34 p.m.

    Oops, can you say over reacted,, Now if they had been on HIS property thats one thing,,, But it appears they were on state property, or a dot highway

  • SportsLover75 Jan 11, 2:33 p.m.

    He should face charges.

  • Skywatch_NC Jan 11, 2:32 p.m.

    Sounds like an aggressive trigger-happy retired NC trooper.

  • bubbba Jan 11, 2:32 p.m.

    Guess when you get to the ripe old age of 55 all that
    law-enforcement training gets tossed out the door. I hate it when someone is yelling and screaming at me with gun.
    Hmmmm now that I think about it, it's always been a cop.

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