Missouri woman WILL NOT be accused of shooting dead firefighter after taking gun from crime boyfriend
A woman who shot dead an off-duty firefighter who was fighting with her boyfriend on the ground will not be charged, Missouri prosecutors have announced.
Anthony “Tony” Santi, 41, died Oct. 6 outside a gas station and liquor store in Independence, Missouri – a suburb of Kansas City.
He was shot in the back by an unnamed woman while wrestling with her boyfriend around 2:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Jackson County Attorney’s Office said the woman would not be charged – after concluding her actions were reasonable.
They determined that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she broke Missouri law when she shot Santi.
Anthony Santi, 41, was shot dead on October 6 while attacking a man outside a gas station in Independence, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City
“We mourn with the family and community over this tragic death of Mr. Santi,” prosecutors wrote in a statement to The Star.
“Missouri law governs this case, specifically self-defense and the defense of others, which prompts us to dismiss the charges after careful consideration.”
FOX4 showed the video to a 40-year practicing attorney who wrote Missouri’s book on guns and self-defense.
“Technically, it’s called defense of justification, and your justification is that you’re saving another person’s life,” said Kevin Jamison, author of Missouri Weapons and Self-Defense Law.
The incident began when the woman’s boyfriend, Ja’Von L. Taylor, 23, entered a gas station to buy cigars.
Taylor got angry when the clerk at the gas station said she didn’t have the product she wanted: she asked him to leave.
Santi, who was off duty and in the store at the time, stepped in to help the cashier and asked Taylor to leave.
The pair began to scuffle and the fight continued outside.
On the forecourt, the couple fought on the ground.
Taylor is down with Santi on top of him. Taylor’s friend reaches over to grab Taylor’s gun
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A Kansas City woman was freed this evening after protecting her boyfriend in a fight with a firefighter. Seconds later, the young lady killed the firefighter, which has now been declared self-defense. ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/tuxV15oTC1
— KC Discover (@KcDiscover) October 19, 2022
Woman in red pants yells at Santi to get off her boyfriend and yells that he “kills” him
The woman stands over the couple and yells at Santi to let go of Taylor. When he refuses, the woman opens fire. She will not be charged after prosecutors concluded she feared for Taylor’s life
Footage captured by a bystander shows Santi, who is white, overpowering Taylor, a slim black man squirming on the floor.
Taylor’s girlfriend appears and can be seen in the footage yelling, “Stop!”
Taylor eventually hands her a gun in his pocket and she takes the gun.
Taylor, a convicted felon convicted of armed robbery in May 2019, was banned from possessing a gun.
‘Stop!’ she yells at Santi as he tries to headlock Taylor. ‘Let him go! My kids are in the car! You kill him!’
The woman then opens fire and shoots Santi in the back.
The Kansas City Fire Department said they were shocked and saddened by the death of Santi – the father of Jillian Santi and a lifelong Kansas City resident who joined the agency in 2011.
“As a close-knit organization, we are shocked by the tragic loss of FF Santi yesterday and my deepest condolences go out to his family and friends,” said Fire Chief Donna Lake.
His obituary said he was “dedicated to helping people in his role as a firefighter and paramedic.”
His daughter was “the light of his life,” and he had “a great love of nature and the outdoors.”
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