Merritt Landry finds himself in a predicament some say is similar to George Zimmerman. Here is the story from Merritt’s perspective.
The teen … climbed over Landry’s fence and into the yard. Landry’s large dog began to bark, alerting Landry to the intruder.
The Landry’s pet dog which alerted the homeowner to the presence of an intruder within his gated and secured driveway at 2:00AM.
An anonymous friend has stated that Landry’s father reported his son believed he was shooting an intruder. In terms of the victim being an intruder upon secured property, this seems a reasonable perception.
The police say the boy was no imminent threat so they are charging Landry with attempted second degree murder. The main question I have is: at what point is there an "imminent" threat?
Coulter’s family acknowledged the teen’s history of burglary arrests but said he had never used a gun.
Police said that Coulter did not pose a threat to the homeowner, Merritt Landry, who works as a building inspector for the Historic District Landmarks Commission.
Police said the teen was near Landry’s vehicle when he was shot about 2 a.m. Landry’s friends said the vehicle was in the driveway behind a gate just a few feet from the house’s backdoor.
According to an NOPD arrest warrant, Landry shot Coulter from 30 feet away, evidenced by the distance between the blood found on the ground and the single bullet casing outside Landry’s house.
Landry told police that he approached the boy from his front yard, near his vehicle. As he grew closer, he said, the boy made a "move, as if to reach for something" — possibly a weapon — so Landry shot him, the warrant states.