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‘They Killed the Wrong Guy’ – Cops Respond to Home Invasion, Kill Homeowner

Pittsburgh, PA — A family is now grieving after a home invasion left their beloved Christopher Mark Thompkins dead. The burglar, however, was not the one to kill Thompkins — the police who responded to the 9-1-1 call did.

“They shot the wrong guy,” said Brenda Thompkins, 51, of Penn Hills.

Early Sunday morning, Brenda and Christopher Thompkins were asleep in bed when they awoke to the sound of an intruder. Brenda, who is a licensed gun owner, handed over her pistol to Thompkins who pursued the would-be attacker through the house.

The couple was upstairs and all Christopher could think about, according to Brenda, was to get downstairs to save his mother.

“He was just saying, ‘My mom, my mom,’” Brenda Thompkins said. “That’s all he was worrying about.”

When Christopher got downstairs, he encountered Juan Brian Jetter-Clark, 23, who had broken into their home. Fearing for he and his mother’s safety, Thompkins opened fire on Jetter-Clark. He missed.

Just as Thompkins was opening fire, however, two patrol officers showed up responding to the family’s burglar alarm. Thinking Thompkins was shooting at them, police opened fire on Thompkins, killing him.

Meanwhile, Brenda was on the phone with 9-1-1, and hiding onto a roof behind the home.

After hearing the gunshots, Brenda said police came up and got her off the roof.

“I heard ‘boom, boom, boom,’ I didn’t know it was the cops,” she said. “I turned around and ran away, and I jumped out the window on the roof. When the police came in, I was gonna jump [from the roof], but the police told me, ‘Don’t jump.’ I was screaming, ‘I’m a victim. Don’t shoot me. I’m on the phone with 911.’ ”

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When she came downstairs, she saw Christopher dead under a blanket and Jetter-Clark in handcuffs on the sofa. Police had killed the wrong person.

Police claimed they thought Thompkins was shooting at them. However, Brenda refutes that story, noting that she saw where Thompkins was shooting.

“I could see Mark shoot down the stairs at the guy. The cops came, and they shot through the door. Mark was shooting at the robber, not the cops,” she said.

“He didn’t want to hurt no cops. He was trying to save his mother,” Brenda said.

Jetter-Clark was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

As per police protocol, both of the officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave. They will also be given 48 hours before they are asked any questions by investigators — also part of protocol.

“There is an ongoing investigation with oversight of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office,” Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. “Additional information will be released by the Bureau at the appropriate time.”

Adding suspicion to the events that unfolded that night, police removed Thompkins’ screen door as supposed evidence.

According to TribLive, Police removed for evidence a front screen door that had six to eight holes in it. It was unclear whether the holes were the result of the shooting. There were no holes in the front door, which remained attached to the house after police removed the screen door.

Instead of simply photographing the door and moving on, the entire door was removed and taken by police. What was so important on the door that it had to be taken? Did it show all the bullets fired were from the police weapons or the same caliber as the police weapons?

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Sadly, police officers, in the heat of the moment, often shoot the wrong person.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police responded to a 9-1-1 call about an armed robbery early last August. When IMPD officers showed up, however, they shot the first person they saw — the innocent homeowner.

In only a matter of minutes, a woman went from being in shock after being robbed at gunpoint, to praying that her husband survives the holes put in him by police bullets.

Dispatched to the wrong house on a burglary call less than a year ago, a DeKalb County officer shot a homeowner and a fellow officer. A dog was also killed in the needless shooting.

Responding to a 911 call in June, Henry County, GA police arrived at the wrong house and shot the innocent homeowner in the neck.

In a travesty of justice, a Henry County grand jury decided that the cop who went to the wrong house responding to a 911 call and killed the homeowner, an innocent father of three, will not be charged.

Unfortunately, Christopher Thompkins is now on that list.

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    It should be interesting to see whether or not they charge the burglar with the murder.

    • James W Pellow

      Yes. As it will deflect blame away from the actual murders, you can count on it.

    • James W Pellow

      Yes. As it will deflect blame away from the actual murderers, you can count on it.

    • Blaine

      Good luck with that, he probably wasn’t armed. If he’d been exchanging gunfire with homeowner and cops joined in shooting wrong guy, he’d be charged with some sort of manslaughter.

      I’m not even sure if the codes dealing with manslaughter in commission of a felony will count here, burglar was fleeing. If he didn’t take a plea, any evidence coming out at trial, like the screen door showing all the bullets going one way would make a real problem for the DA.

      If the homeowner had survived and had shot one of the cops, then the burglar would probably be charged.

      Officer’s use of force will be justified, burglar will get a plea deal.

      • jd

        After detaining him for extended period without a trial. Our legal system is a farce.

    • Hugh Culliton

      I wouldn’t put money against it.

    • Blaine

      Checking my own state laws it seems the burglar could be charged with manslaughter 2nd degree…maybe. DA would have to prove the burglar was armed, or could have possibly foreseen the possibility of this happening – a tall stretch.

      In PA it would be involuntary manslaughter, a first degree misdemeanor, but again there has to be direct link between the burglar’s actions and the homeowner’s death. If he was running away I don’t think that would qualify.

  • MrRetloc

    Awesome…they are given 48 hours to come up with a good story. We are given 4.8 seconds before we are shot in the head.

    • Henry Goodson

      Sometimes they are given up to a month before a statement is taken under oath??? SAD

  • William Hill

    48 hrs to meet union rep,consult with lawyer and iron out the details in their story!!

  • David Hall

    Million to a doughnut they charge the kid with murder. Took the door because it showed all the holes were coming from the thugs in blue from outside. If cops show up anywhere you can bet wrong people or pets will die. They are untrained, uneducated low IQ idiots that the cop shops hire now. 48 hours gives them plenty of time to get their narrative together. It is always lies and or bashing the victim. I moved from that cesspool of corruption 14 years ago and will never return. I have brought over 3,000 ex-pats to Costa Rica. People are leaving the States en mass now. The U.S. is just one big prison system. The old B.S. if you don’t do wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Well, I think hundreds of thousands would beg to differ with that assessment.

  • Phil Freeman

    Stop calling police if you want your loved ones to survive

  • David Randall

    Exactly why I will never have an alarm & won’t 911 if in this situation. Kill or be killed.

    • john robel

      We call on one of our insurance policy’s by Colt, Smith and Wesson, Ruger, High Standard, Walther, and these are just some of the hand policies. We have many shoulder policies as well. To hell with the police state.

    • Sallie Dodd Butters

      Wait to call afterward, and be sitting unarmed and drinking tea..

      • Brent Fisher

        The English word for that is suicide. When you own a new tool whether it’s the latest smartphone, fancy car, or revolver you want to find situations where it can be put to use. Even if it’s getting your jollies watching an evil reprehensible civilians brains splatter everywhere because you enjoy watching the death of others.

  • Henry Goodson

    You can Guarantee before you get the police story – they will publish the complete history or criminal record of the person they just murdered

  • Jim Bob

    “you’ve got 48 hrs to get your stories straight now”.

    shouldn’t a statement recorded immediately after the incident.

  • Ibcamn

    WTF…..incompetence.these cops are about as smart as a wet dishrag.now if they would have taken their time and found out what was up,things would have been different,but we know how cops are,what they they think is what it is…even if the facts are there,they are still right,cops are low brow criminals,and it shows,every single fucking day….and you know they are gonna take it out on the kid,they are gonna say if he wasnt there,this would have happened so it’s your fault and you will be charged…cops will do anything to get out of the murder rap,even though they clearly did it…cops are criminals,petty faggot criminals.

    • jd

      Not all, but far too many. The ones who don’t do the right things are as guilty as the dickwads.