An Alabama man shot and killed his son on Christmas Eve, mistaking him for a car thief.
22-year-old Logan Trammell was in the wrong place at the wrong time, just before midnight, when he took one of his father’s vehicles and began to drive away.
Simple Lack of Permission Led to Tragedy
His father knew nothing about it and fired a warning shot, before taking aim and firing for real. Seconds later, his son lay dead in the driver’s seat.
“It was just a horrific accident. A horrific accident. My brother thought someone was stealing his truck, never realized it was Logan because he didn’t live down here all the time, he lived with my mom and dad,” Trammell’s aunt Tammy Jacobs explained. “And he was supposed to be in the bed.”
“He’d never come and gotten one of his dad’s vehicles before, and his dad was out in his little shop, the little camper beside his shop….and he was recording [music], and he thought someone was stealing his truck, when he saw his truck going up the driveway,” Jacobs continued.
“And he shot and hollered, and he said it sped up, and he shot toward the truck again, and it’s dark, and he said, ‘I shot toward the tailgate, and the truck stopped.’ And he said, ‘I walked up there, you know, hollering, ‘get out.’ I didn’t know who was in my truck,’ and still never realized that it was Logan, until he got the door open, and he realized who it was.”
Think Before You Shoot
It’s a tragic accident, but it is also goes to show that you have to think before you shoot. Because this kind of misunderstanding can and does happen. Logan Trammell’s dad would undoubtedly sacrifice that truck 10 times over to have his son back. So always think about the non-lethal shot and communication, if it’s possible.
Firearms training might have helped in this situation. It may not have, but it’s better to have firearms training and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Same goes for a condom. That’s not really helpful here…
What might be slightly helpful? Some shotguns you can buy now? I dunno, I think this is getting towards the insensitive end of the scale now.