Aaron Childress, Marine Veteran, Defends His Family, Ends Up Facing Possible Charges and Gun Confiscated. Where’s the Line?
Aaron Childress is a US Marine Veteran, known by many at Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children. Last week, while he and his family were out on an errand to Lowes in Wichita, Kansas, a driver cut them off. Aaron honked his horn, and the man pulled over and let them pass. That was the last normal moment in this story.
According to Law Enforcement Today, as soon as they drove on, the man pulled in behind them and followed them to Lowes parking lot. When Aaron’s family exited their vehicle, the man confronted them. Aaron told him to leave. Instead, he continued to advancing toward Aaron and family with his hands out of sight.
Aaron pulled out his pistol and held it at his side, pointed at the ground. As the man came around the vehicle, he saw the gun and backed off and threatened to call police. Aaron did call the police and began gathering witnesses to tell the story of what happened.
But officers who arrived confiscated Aaron’s legally owned gun and told him he might be charged with aggravated assault. [????] The other man claimed to have also had a firearm, but as far as anyone knows, his was not confiscated.
If you thought that was the end of the story, you’d be wrong. Aaron and his family decided to forego the items they originally wanted to buy and left. A few blocks later, who followed them? Exactly, the same man as before. Aaron once again called police, but the man moved on when he stopped to talk to officers.
One man was disarmed by police. The actual instigator of the situation was not. This situation literally set up a potential disaster because officers made some improper assumptions. They did not have probable cause to arrest Aaron for “aggravated assault” because he did not display the weapon in a threatening manner. It doesn’t mean they can’t get a warrant later for something else.
It would be interesting to learn the identity of the road rage suspect. Did he manage to call police seconds before Aaron and give a different narrative while in the Lowes parking lot? If so, why would they believe him over a Marine veteran who had numerous witnesses in his favor?
Kansas is a constitutional carry state- you do not need a permit to open carry or conceal carry a weapon. They also have a stand your ground law. Aaron felt that his family was in danger, and based on the actions of the road rage suspect, they very well could have been in real jeopardy. Where was the line? We hope for their sake this is the end of it and police return his gun.
Featured photo via Aaron Childress