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Bizarre confrontation.

On June 19, William Glover of Parkman, Maine, left home wearing camouflage clothing and carrying two shotguns. His wife later recalled that he was not acting like himself.

Sometime after 4:30 that afternoon, Glover emerged from the woods behind the residence of Mr. and Mrs. David Tweedie (some two miles distant from Glover's own house). Mr. Tweedie and his daughters (ages 11 and 15) were home at the time.

With one shotgun in hand, and the other on a sling, Glover approached Tweedie and demanded some beer. When Tweedie (who did not know his distant neighbor) replied that he had no beer, Glover left without incident. Tweedie nevertheless decided to call 911 to report the incident and the man's peculiar behavior.

About 10 minutes later, Glover returned, brandishing a shotgun on each hip pointed in the direction of Tweedie and one of the girls. Concerned for the safety of his children and himself, Tweedie pulled his own gun and opened fire. When police arrived, they found Glover dead on the porch from multiple wounds.

The July 30 Bangor Daily News quoted a sorrowful Tweedie as saying, "I didn't want to do what I did. I didn't ask for this to happen." But when somebody "shows up on your doorstep pointing two guns," and your "kids are up there screaming, 'He's back, he's back,'" you have only "a second to figure out what you're going to do."

Under Maine law, deadly force is justified when a person reasonably believes that such force is necessary for his or her protection, or that of others. On July 29, the state attorney general's office announced that, after reviewing a recording of Tweedie's interview with police and the 911 call he made following the initial confrontation with Glover, the homeowner's use of deadly force was deemed justified, and no charges would be brought against him.
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Title Annotation:Exercising The Right
Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 20, 2004
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