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Homeowner was prepared to shoot Titus Young

Lions Young Arrest AP

As bad as being arrested three times in a week might be for former Lions wide receiver Titus Young, it was very nearly worse.

According to KTLA (via the Detroit Free Press), the owner of the home Young allegedly broke into Friday was loading a gun and prepared to use it.

“I was by the door and, all of a sudden, the door opened up,” Bill Palttos told KTLA. “I just yelled at him, ‘You better get the hell out of my house.’”

Palttos said when he heard footsteps inside his house, he reached under his bed for an unloaded rifle, and began to load it when the door to his bedroom was opened.

Young’s still behind bars on felony charges of burglary and assault on a peace officer, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

“I feel sorry for him, and I’m sure glad that he left and I didn’t have to find out what’s going to happen if he came in,” Palttos told the television station, “because I’m afraid I would have shot him.”

That close call to a violent end was a frightening punctuation to a disturbing week for Young.

He was also arrested twice on May 5, once for suspicion of DUI, then again for attempted burglary when he tried to break into the impound yard to reclaim his car.

At this point, any consideration of Young’s football career should be secondary, and the reality that his issues transcend his ability to catch footballs should be evident.

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  1. tmhofficial says: May 13, 2013 3:33 PM

    Hilarious.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    Man, Detroit sure knows how to pick the quality character guys….

  3. 619sdfan4life says: May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    I would have done the samething..if was anywhere in my house he would been shot. No question.

    Dude needs some help!

  4. marvsleezy says: May 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    He looks like hes 40

  5. otrd13 says: May 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    those damn peace officers

  6. onebucplace says: May 13, 2013 3:35 PM

    Joe Biden’s wife would have ran into the other room fired off a couple of warning shots just for the hell of it, according to Joe.

  7. thejrod2006 says: May 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    I’m sure people here will try to spew the political debate on guns and gun control, but the bottom line is that Young broke into somebody’s home. The homeowner would’ve been completely justified in shooting him and protecting his family (and I’m assuming he has one even though the article didn’t specify).

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    Don’t shoot Titus. He’s not that bad.

  9. dmq13 says: May 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    As sad as it is…it appears Young doesnt care if he gets shot or not or the consequences of any of his actions to this point. Its sad so much stupidity can ruin so much talent and promise…and he really did show glimpses that he could be a really good NFL player.

  10. blackandbluedivision says: May 13, 2013 3:37 PM

    Somebody needs to talk to that young kid before something even worse happens. It’s not good to laugh or make fun of him. Keep in mind this is a life not a statistic. Jail isn’t going to fix whatever is wrong with this kid, alone. Somebody needs to step in.

  11. nomoreseasontix says: May 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    The guy is a piece of dung.
    Problem?
    He’s a loser. Throw him away.

  12. packerbackernj says: May 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    From fulfilling your life long dream of being a pro player, to fulfilling your destiny of a turd in less then 5 years. Congrats Titus Young. Sometimes you just can’t polish a turd no matter how hard you try.

  13. timbuttrum says: May 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    Sad. Could have played a few years and made more in those few years than most average citizens will earn in a lifetime. Now, headed to prison. Some people just don’t get it.

  14. grabgrabgrab says: May 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    Should’ve done it. Always go with your instincts!

  15. acmepackers says: May 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    My house got robbed last week so my anger is still fresh. I hope all burglars get shot. Period.

  16. timbuttrum says: May 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    “Joe Biden’s wife would have ran into the other room fired off a couple of warning shots just for the hell of it, according to Joe.”

    —————————————————-

    Using a shotgun of course!

  17. goraidersgospurs says: May 13, 2013 3:39 PM

    Is he wearing a chef apron?

  18. rushmatic says: May 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    Dude’s got issues. What a waste.

  19. timbuttrum says: May 13, 2013 3:40 PM

    “I had such high hopes for this kid”

    Matt Millen

  20. raylewisandhisteeth says: May 13, 2013 3:41 PM

    Kaep is really laughing now. Kyle Brotzman, probably still not laughing….

  21. normdogg says: May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    Florio, perhaps you could shed some light on this; I thought it would be a Home Invasion charge rather than burglary since the homeowners were there at the time. From what I understand that is a much more serious charge (on par with murder) due to the terror caused to the family.

  22. liondoc says: May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    it is no longer funny to keep reporting on this. he clearly has health issues that go beyond mere criminality. I wish him luck.

  23. dbones750 says: May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    Titus the Menace

  24. thegreatgabbert says: May 13, 2013 3:44 PM

    McCoy says the horrible irony of the situation is that people call him “Shady”.

  25. vmannj says: May 13, 2013 3:48 PM

    Isn’t this the dude that tried to say he was better than Calvin Johnson? Yeah, good luck with that.

  26. nj22 says: May 13, 2013 3:49 PM

    I am sure he will refer to this story as a launching point during his Hall Of Fame Speech……… yeah…..

  27. jackdaniels1 says: May 13, 2013 3:50 PM

    A future mugshot from “Faces of meth”

  28. nj22 says: May 13, 2013 3:51 PM

    I hear you, but I look at it as I hope they lock this loser up before he hurts a useful human being. What happens if that person is sleeping when he breaks in? He needs help , I agree, but he is trash right now.

    liondoc says:May 13, 2013 3:43 PM

    it is no longer funny to keep reporting on this. he clearly has health issues that go beyond mere criminality. I wish him luck.

  29. mrphatal says: May 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    Crack addict???

  30. mistrezzrachael says: May 13, 2013 3:52 PM

    This guy would be PERFECT…for the jets.

  31. hornbuckle says: May 13, 2013 3:53 PM

    Dude needs help.

  32. lks311 says: May 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    People commenting on Titus being a Loser or Stupid, just don’t get it. The kid is sick, just as if he had any other disease. If he had cancer would you be calling him a Loser? Well, he’s sick in the head and needs help. He’s hurting and I’m not so sure he wasn’t attempting suicide by home invasion.

    Everyone that call’s him a Loser is much worse than Titus—because most of you are sane, you just lack compassion and that, in many ways, is much sadder than Titus’ current plight.

  33. lks311 says: May 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    Far as drugs—no history of such. Never failed a drug test. Every incident has been personality related. Sounds Bi-Polar or some version of.

  34. thestatsishere says: May 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    If he had shot him, I wouldn’t have blamed him.

  35. jpaynethemayne says: May 13, 2013 4:01 PM

    kid is showing true determination. the skills and qualities that made him a future nfl pick in the first place. i would have preferred a little more enthusiasm in the attempted burgarly… thats just me though.

  36. 11thstreetmafia says: May 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    The guy doesn’t want help. I firmly believe the Lions tried to help him. It would be in their best interests. Some guys just can’t help being clowns.

  37. lionsfan2014 says: May 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    I live in Chicago, and had someone break into our place last week, it was very scary, but being in Chicago, all I could do was lock our bedroom door, call the police and wait 10 minutes for them to show up, while this guy walked around. Luckily my wife and I don’t have kids yet.

  38. ninetysixer says: May 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    it’s a good thing the homeowner had a gun, if not, who knows what would have happened

  39. luckyarmpit says: May 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    I have to agree with 619sdfan4life… keeping the gun debate out of it, Young would have been shot if he did that in my house. That is, of course, after my dogs had their way with him first. My, how far and fast we fall.

  40. orakpocalypse says: May 13, 2013 4:03 PM

    Dallas should sign him. At least he didn’t kill anybody like Pacman or beat his mother up like Dez. Titus could actually be a good influence on that team.

  41. bigdawgdaddy says: May 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    Little titus is lucky he didn’t break into my house….if my Rottweiler wouldn’t have ate him, I for g*d damn sure would’ve blown his p.o.s. head off.
    Society would be much better off if Titus and everyone like him could be hunted for one day without repercussions from the law enforcement community…

  42. clebrowntown says: May 13, 2013 4:04 PM

    based on the dui + last week seems like a drunk/alkie
    yes…he needs help yesterday like most drunks but we don’t accept it till our asses are on fire and it sure looks like there’s smoking behind with Mr. Young

  43. listerineman says: May 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    this guy deserves no more chances. he had enough.

  44. stlunatik says: May 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    So glad they shipped him out of St Louis our crime rates high enough

  45. ramitbaby says: May 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    Is that Denzel on crank?

  46. reprob8 says: May 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    Barring any evidence to the contrary, it sounds like this guy is a poster child for mental health screening & treatment. If he doesn’t get some help SOON, this could end VERY badly for him, his family and/or someone else.

  47. vaphinfan says: May 13, 2013 4:06 PM

    Make him play with the Jets. Punishment doesnt get worse than that.

  48. thatswhatimsayin says: May 13, 2013 4:09 PM

    Tebow never broke into anyone’s home. Seriously though, this kid needs prayer

  49. buddysguys says: May 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    i feel like a nice Crack Addiction is missing from this story…..good thing he is young.

    #halloffame

  50. cptkickurass says: May 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    He’s lucky the man didn’t shoot first and fair catch him later…

  51. sonoco says: May 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    How on earth did this guy make it through three years at Boise State?

  52. whatnojets says: May 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    Maybe he will never play another NFL down but he will certainly hold the record for a few days/weeks/months and,h opefully, or years for this:

    Young set the record for the most amount of times an NFL player has been arrested in a single week.

  53. raiderrob21 says: May 13, 2013 4:11 PM

    He would not have got that warning in my house. They would have had to scrape him from the floor and take him out.

  54. deltaoracle says: May 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    Young lined up in the wrong place again.
    Reportedly he is certain he could have caught or outrun the bullets…

  55. hktyre says: May 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    My guns stay loaded … he would have met a tragic end had he broke into my home

  56. kingpel says: May 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    When Jeff Fisher turned him away in St. Louis, I knew this was a serious situation.

  57. 303bengalguy says: May 13, 2013 4:14 PM

    Take the blue pill Titus… take the blue pill.

  58. jaguar0413 says: May 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    Titus Young is an absolute moron. Dude has the talent to be a great receiver in the league but is clearly insane. Sadly, it looks as though there may be no limits to his self destruction. I just hope it doesn’t end the same way it did for Chris Henry.

  59. whysomanylosers says: May 13, 2013 4:19 PM

    This is so sad, so close to a real tragedy! Things could have turned out much worse. So much potential, could have gone to waste because the homeowner DIDN’T have his gun loaded. Who know what Titus would have been capable of if the HO did not have a gun and gave him a warning. Someone needs to reach out to that homeowner and tell them the gun is only good if it is loaded.

  60. moeman79 says: May 13, 2013 4:22 PM

    Ok think of this, what do you make a year? I am sure most of you fall into the middle around 40-100k a year some more some less. In two years maybe 3 with the Lions I am sure he made 2 to 5 million dollars. Now he is breaking into homes to make ends meet 4 months out of the NFL?

  61. ambitoos says: May 13, 2013 4:23 PM

    Unloaded gun. Mine is always loaded with bird shot.

  62. jacunn2000 says: May 13, 2013 4:24 PM

    Is Charles Rogers still available?

  63. jerseyshoregiant says: May 13, 2013 4:32 PM

    619sdfan4life says: May 13, 2013 3:34 PM

    I would have done the samething..if was anywhere in my house he would been shot. No question.

    Dude needs some help!

    ————————

    Actually you would have done the opposite of what this homeowner did!!!!

  64. weaselpuppy says: May 13, 2013 4:34 PM

    1) He is clearly mentally ill. In between arrests he banged on the doors of a mobile phone store after hours demanding he be let in (Do You Know Who I Am?)…when denied he came back the next morning when open, went all diva at the staff, told them how he could get everything in the store for free, then fell dead asleep on a bench (pics on internet of sleepy Titus)…while his sister picked up the verbal abuse of the staff. He is sick. He needs help. His family needs to be slapped( Mom and Dad routinely enabled him, publicly, as a Lion when he went all wackadoodle).

    It stops being funny when people are clearly sick. Did you laugh at Lou Gehrig? Steve Gleason? No? Then shut up, cretins.

    2) He came close to being killed because of it. Lots of internet ballz in this thread…tough guys behind a keyboard that need some help too. That said, the homeowner was well within his rights to shoot him, and if I were in his position, I would be ready to do so but hope it didn’t come to that. To the guy in Chicago that had a burglar walking around in his house with the door locked for ten minutes- Break the Stupid Law, buy a handgun, train to use it, hide it, don’t talk about it to anyone. Alive and defending yourself in court is better than a dead wife or child.

    3. He should stay in jail for as long as it takes to get his head straightened out and to show that athletes don’t get shorter sentences. When he comes out, one hopes he can be normal and find a way to contribute to society.

    4. Lions luck sucks hard and long.

  65. k9krap says: May 13, 2013 4:35 PM

    I’m wondering what he was trying to steal? It seems that he had to have been after something for them to charge him with attempted burglary rather than invasion.

  66. granadafan says: May 13, 2013 4:35 PM

    I don’t think many of you know what it’s like to take a human life, justifed or not. My uncle, a former US Army Ranger who served three tours in Vietnam and has seen his fair share of death, shot and killed an intruder in his house in the mid 80s. It still bothers him to this day that he shot that kid.

    It’s one thing for people who feel much braver to proclaim they will shoot someone, but it’s easier said than done to kill another human. The homeowner protected his family but his conscience will be clear for the rest of his life.

  67. rlj2170 says: May 13, 2013 4:36 PM

    He’s lucky. I would have fired first and asked questions later

  68. thethunderofgunns says: May 13, 2013 4:39 PM

    This young man better wake up!

  69. inkpad619 says: May 13, 2013 4:40 PM

    It’s pretty sad to keep reading stories about this guy getting arrested. There is no doubt that he needs to get some mental therapy and get right in the head. Too many of these young men can’t leave the street life behind when they make it to the NFL and it leads to their demise. Despite all the bad things he’s done it would be cool to read a story someday about how he turned his life around, made a comeback in the NFL, and then dedicated the rest of his life and fortune to help others with mental illness. It’s never too late to turn your life around, unless you are dead. He still has a chance to get the help he needs and I hope that he finds it and he heals quickly.

  70. voiceofrealism says: May 13, 2013 4:40 PM

    lks311 says:May 13, 2013 3:55 PM

    People commenting on Titus being a Loser or Stupid, just don’t get it. The kid is sick, just as if he had any other disease. If he had cancer would you be calling him a Loser?
    ———————————————————-
    If they did what he did, then yeah, I would. Look, if he is sick in the head, he needs to get help. But if he’s breaking into people’s houses and endangering their lives, all bets are off.

  71. jerseyshoregiant says: May 13, 2013 4:41 PM

    lionsfan2014 says: May 13, 2013 4:02 PM

    I live in Chicago, and had someone break into our place last week, it was very scary, but being in Chicago, all I could do was lock our bedroom door, call the police and wait 10 minutes for them to show up, while this guy walked around. Luckily my wife and I don’t have kids yet.

    ————————————-
    So what disqualifies you from owning a gun and keeping in your home? You do realize that Chicago re-wrote their gun laws and law abiding citizens are now able to own

  72. jeffa43 says: May 13, 2013 4:41 PM

    In San Clemente…. Laid back surf town, where people are friendly but do not put up with crap.

    Growing up here, I know most people are very proud of their community, and most have guns. Shocked he was not shot.

  73. maxman97 says: May 13, 2013 4:41 PM

    What a waste of talent, he needs to get help and fast before he’s dead.

  74. tformation says: May 13, 2013 4:43 PM

    Man, out of the league in two years. Sad. But not without hope.

    Go to prison, rehab, AA… whatever you need to do. Get yourself right. Then come back. There’s still time to make things right.

  75. onebucplace says: May 13, 2013 4:50 PM

    A lot of the people saying they would have shot first before the audible warning are not considering how messy that is and how much stuff you’d have to replace, from carpets to new drywall. I’m all for shooting criminals but you should chase them out of your house first.

  76. funktron2x says: May 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    Nothing like the blind, stupid PFT masses to assume he’s just an idiot and not see that he has real, serious mental issues.pray you never have a family member lose his head like titus has. Fools running their fool mouths like always. *spit*

  77. sasquash20 says: May 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    He needs help. He was a 2nd rd pick who could have played opposite of Calvin. You should fall into 700-1000 yards in that role. Then in a few years someone would over pay for you and your set for life. The Lions should just go sign a legit number 2 wr. This kid was a knuckle head but very talented. The other kid from OU is talented but keeps tearing his knee up. Can’t seem to catch a break in drafting a num 2 wr. Should have used those picks on D and the O-Line.

  78. rmosss says: May 13, 2013 4:55 PM

    He’s lucky it wasn’t my house because he would’ve gotten blown away! I don’t mean to come across as an bad a– but it’s MY house! He wasn’t invited in. I have no clue what his intentions are. Shoot first….ask questions later! I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6!!!

  79. sfraider says: May 13, 2013 5:02 PM

    Calvin Johnson would have dodged the bullets, stole the gun and outrun the peace officer.

  80. donniev77 says: May 13, 2013 5:08 PM

    It appears as though he was wearing an apron in that mug shot. Maybe he was just looking to borrow a cup of sugar

  81. acmepackers says: May 13, 2013 5:17 PM

    I think everyone here DOES agree he is mentally ill. Sad as that may be, it’s not like this guy hasn’t had access to experts at BSU or Detroit). How do we know he didn’t brush them off?

    The whole thing IS sad, but he has to have some responsibility in choosing to ACCEPT help. He can’t get away with his actions scot free.

  82. bucsfan90 says: May 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    And I thought buying McDonald’s breakfast was the worst decision I’ve made all week….

  83. frogkiller777 says: May 13, 2013 5:18 PM

    dude couldn’t outrun a peace officer

  84. r8rsfan says: May 13, 2013 5:19 PM

    Yup, let’s spend a zillion tax dollars to “rehabilitate” this guy and get him help. No sequence of words is going to change this guy’s way of thinking.

  85. scoocha says: May 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    Definitely a missed opportunity by the homeowner. Could have really helped out humanity.

  86. bigbenh8tr says: May 13, 2013 5:21 PM

    All the ass clowns come out and show their intelligence at moments like this. It’s great how people think with just the emotions of loyalties towards a sports team….it makes so many anti-gun, tree hugging liberals violent and hateful all of a sudden because it’s so easy to Bash young and seems like it would be instinct.

    The same people who were defending Trayvon Martin with no evidence to support. The same people who are so anti NRA that they are blind to reality but when something like a dumb decision made by their rival team all of a sudden they are okay with guns and would defend themselves just the same.

    Witnessing the stupidity of liberals really brightens my day sometimes. still waiting on that Hope & Change are ya?

  87. jprcox says: May 13, 2013 5:23 PM

    Half of me was thinking there is no way it could have been Young….until I saw the news video report.

    How someone who was playing in the NFL – bright bright future, could crash like this in a couple months??!!!?! Amazing.

  88. datsanono says: May 13, 2013 5:25 PM

    Just a matter of time until this guy meets his end. It’a almost as if he’s daring somebody to do it!

  89. Iknoweverything says: May 13, 2013 5:27 PM

    How many African American players have done siliar stuff? How many Caucasian players have u heard doing stuff like this? Nuff said.

  90. topcide says: May 13, 2013 5:29 PM

    a lot of internet tough guys here…..

    I own over a dozen guns including “assault weapons,” and I have a permit to carry and I do every day. I also like in a state with castle doctrine, and I fully believe that protecting my home from an intruder with deadly force is my right if they break in.

    god forbid if someone broke in my home my plan is to hold up in the master bedroom with a gun on the door, not run guns blazing into the living room. this also happens to be the EXACT thing that self defense experts agree you should do. running TOWARD the threat, instead of AWAY from it, is idiotic.

    Plus even in a state with castle doctrine, expect to spend thousands on a lawyer, and expect to be interrogated while the police conduct an investigation. Regardless of how open and shut the case might seem to be, if a person is killed, best believe the cops are gonna pick every detail of the case apart. This includes likely turning your house upside down. Plus,you better be damn sure that person you just put a bullet into isn’t your daughters boyfriend sneaking into the house, or your son sneaking back in after putting he slipped out for a few underage brews with his buddies. Remember, you need to make that decision in a split second, hesitation will get you killed if that person is armed.

    not to mention that a gunshot wound to a human is messy. your house is gonna be covered with blood and you are looking at a massive cleanup cost.

    All that aside,I have no desire to take a human life, even if they broke in my home. Just because I am within my legal parameters to shoot doesn’t mean it’s something I want to do. All these internet bad asses posting that they would shoot first and ask questions later are gonna be singing a different tune when they are crying on a therapists couch.

    A gun is a tool of last resort, treat it that way.

  91. nflhof says: May 13, 2013 5:31 PM

    Titus must be looking for a multi-year deal from the Raiders. That is the only reason I can think of for him acting this way.

  92. cchicinfan says: May 13, 2013 5:32 PM

    People who keep wanting to defend this guy because he is sick, rather than a criminal, are missing a huge point. Most criminals and drug addicts are sick, but it doesn’t excuse their behavior or make them (him) less of a loser. And everyone keeps saying get that guy some help, well I don’t see where it is anyone else’s responsibility to get him help. If he can’t seek the help he needs, no one else is going to be able to help him. For 99.9% of people, he is past the point of no return already.

    As for the gun nuts out there, I have never heard anyone, ever, say an individual doesn’t have the right to defend their own home against invasion. I am a Democrat and believe strongly we need greater restrictions on the types of people who have guns and the types of guns they can have. Do we really need fully automatic hand held machine guns to defend ones home? Every adult (4) in my household owns at least one hand gun and is prepared to use it to defend themselves, but that doesn’t mean we won’t look at reasonable limitations on our guns to help save lives.

  93. ironman721 says: May 13, 2013 5:35 PM

    When he fell from grace… He fell far and hard…

  94. mullman76 says: May 13, 2013 5:49 PM

    No need to bring politics into this incident.

    Dude needs help.

  95. hodag54501 says: May 13, 2013 5:51 PM

    Without much more evidence I think it’s safe to say there is a possible addiction problem and possibly mental illness thrown in.

  96. stinkfingers says: May 13, 2013 5:53 PM

    Maybe a bullet in his ass would actually wake him up.

  97. ham1 says: May 13, 2013 5:54 PM

    People act like he is a football player who has gotten arrested.

    What he is in reality is a criminal who has some football skills.

    Without football skills he’s in jail long ago.

  98. joshtanney says: May 13, 2013 5:57 PM

    Hes a young man with a family that may be hurting right now. I don’t think we should be wishing death upon this man or any other harm. I wish the best for him and his family.

  99. realfootballfan says: May 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    Like I said on the previous post about this guy, it’s a matter of when, not if unless somebody can get him some help. People comparing mental illness to drug problems and the like are idiots.

    It’s extremely difficult to handle for anyone around the person because the legal system in most states makes it virtually impossible unless the person gives someone else the right to make decisions for them, thus the dilemma in getting these people help. Just because this guy has athletic ability, it doesn’t change the underlying issues.

  100. thebadguyswon says: May 13, 2013 6:05 PM

    Exactly. Reverend Al should take THAT up.

  101. topcide says: May 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    a lot of internet tough guys here…..

    I own over a dozen guns including “assault weapons,” and I have a permit to carry and I do every day. I also live in a state with castle doctrine, and I fully believe that protecting my home from an intruder with deadly force is my right if they break in.

    god forbid if someone broke in my home my plan is to hold up in the master bedroom with a gun on the door, not run guns blazing into the living room. this also happens to be the EXACT thing that self defense experts agree you should do. running TOWARD the threat, instead of AWAY from it, is idiotic.

    Plus even in a state with castle doctrine, expect to spend thousands on a lawyer, and expect to be interrogated while the police conduct an investigation. Regardless of how open and shut the case might seem to be, if a person is killed, best believe the cops are gonna pick every detail of the case apart. This includes likely turning your house upside down. Plus,you better be damn sure that person you just put a bullet into isn’t your daughters boyfriend sneaking into the house, or your son sneaking back in after he slipped out for a few underage brews with his buddies.

    not to mention that a gunshot wound to a human is messy. your house is gonna be covered with blood and you are looking at a massive cleanup cost.

    All that aside,I have no desire to take a human life, even if they broke in my home. Just because I am within my legal parameters to shoot doesn’t mean it’s something I want to do. All these internet bad asses posting that they would shoot first and ask questions later are gonna be singing a different tune when they are crying on a therapists couch.

    A gun is a tool of last resort, treat it that way.

  102. db3300 says: May 13, 2013 6:22 PM

    “Everyone that call’s him a Loser is much worse than Titus”

    Well, pardon me Mr Holier-than-thou, but I have no intention of checking someone’s medical history when he breaks into my bedroom. I wouldn’t have told him to get lost. I would have shot the mf’er and slept well that night.

  103. whatjusthapped says: May 13, 2013 6:24 PM

    my first warning shot would have been right between the eyes, if he didn’t heed that, I would have aimed for the center part of his chest.

    Then I would call the local municipality and told them to send over a garbage truck.

    You can’t be breaking into other people’s houses, that is their castle, their safe haven, and nobody has the right to take away their quiet enjoyment of their home.

  104. patfic15 says: May 13, 2013 6:29 PM

    Worst week ever!

  105. bigcalidawg says: May 13, 2013 6:39 PM

    Really sad, disturbing behavior. Despite being a former pro athlete….it appears as if is flat broke and a full blown addict. I wish addiction on no one. God bless that kid.

    I hope he finds his way…….soon…..

  106. thebadguyswon says: May 13, 2013 6:48 PM

    There are states that refer to “castles” in 2013? Lemme guess….you’re in the south.

  107. bslice says: May 13, 2013 7:03 PM

    he looks like he could be on the Wire

  108. b3nz0z says: May 13, 2013 7:06 PM

    Kid needs help

  109. possumsauce says: May 13, 2013 7:22 PM

    If the rifle was under his bed and unloaded, he was hardly “prepared”.

  110. nomoreseasontix says: May 13, 2013 8:02 PM

    To the earlier poster….
    Most everyone would feel bad taking a human life. I absolutely would. And would avoid it at all costs.
    With that said, any useless dirtbag who breaks into my house at night is in a category somewhat less than that.
    I’d shoot them in a second and not lose a wink of sleep.

  111. shinedown37 says: May 13, 2013 8:09 PM

    Don’t drop the soap! lol

  112. TheWizard says: May 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    My guns stay loaded …

    A gun without cartridges in it is not much good when it hits the fan.

    Some people only have seconds to react, not minutes. Be ready.

  113. upperdecker19 says: May 13, 2013 8:45 PM

    He looks like Robert “The Chief” Parish from the 1980s Boston Celtics in that mug

  114. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: May 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    I am astounded by how many commenters here believe that burglary is a crime that justifies homicide.

  115. theytukrjobs says: May 13, 2013 9:13 PM

    Do the Lions just pick them this way or does Detroit (the city) make people this way? Is there lead in the water or something? Seriously.

  116. taintedsaints2009 says: May 13, 2013 9:32 PM

    and if he had shot Young, al shaprton and jesse jackson would form trayvon martin-like crowds and would be calling him a racist murderer who killed an innocent, proud man who just wanted to share the eloquence of the dwelling.

  117. dgreenfi says: May 13, 2013 10:23 PM

    How many times do you have to be arrested before they actually keep you in jail?

  118. jamesmcv72 says: May 13, 2013 10:24 PM

    Man, I’m all for defending your castle and family, but some of you tough guys talk like you’d revel in taking a life. I’m a veteran who never had too thankfully.

    Also, I love how everyone assumes that he has a “mental health” problem. Maybe he’s just an ahole who’s so narcissistic, sociopathic, and classless. Mix in a little addiction and that would equal this clown IMHO. Who really knows? Not us message board jockeys, that’s for sure.

  119. jessethegreat says: May 13, 2013 10:26 PM

    It was inside the man’s home. I’d shoot first and ask questions later. Give a warning shout first and if he still barges in the door he’s going to catch buckshot in the face chest and arms. (this is why I keep the shotgun under the bed instead of the rifle. . . . The shotgun is more maneuverable in close quarters and going to be hell to pick out all the pieces.

  120. genericcommenter says: May 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    Is he wearing a singlet? Was he coming from a wrestling meet or a weightlifting competition?

  121. croghan1919 says: May 13, 2013 11:15 PM

    Ya, theres nothing like the sound of somebody racking a shotgun, it gets your attention immediately.
    It probably made him change his mind and leave when he crapped his pants.

  122. tmarlin1221 says: May 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    Joe Biden’s wife would have ran into the other room fired off a couple of warning shots just for the hell of it, according to Joe.
    ————————————————

    Amazingly, he would’ve used a rifle to protect himself, and not a bazooka or rocket launcher that the hicks seem to have such a need for.

  123. skrappie32 says: May 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    As a die hard lions fan I was one of the first to say thet this guy get cut from the team/ but at this point it is clear that this kid is sick I dont want to see the guy die or even take his own life so please think about that before you post.

  124. rukkus1 says: May 16, 2013 9:18 PM

    @ebbycalvinaloosh

    Robbery does not justify homicide… but take your rose colored media slanted goggles off for a second.

    Someone breaks into your house.

    A. Do you pull out a gun and get yourself ready for the worst?

    B. Pull out the cookies and red carpet?

    In a bad situation where “stuff” can go from worse, to game over, you dont give a robber a benefit of the doubt. Titus young committed an act of violence by breaking into someones house. If you love your family, you are ready to defend them no hesitation. Hesitation will get your family killed.

  125. yajas says: May 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    I have a biometric safe next to my bed and can have a loaded gun in my hand in 3 seconds. But that also means I only have 3 seconds to make sure it’s not my own kid coming home after sneaking out or a confused tipsy neighbor or someone frantically seeking help. Tough call no matter what.

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