“Why didn’t you call 911?” This is the only argument the State of Maryland has against Matthew Pinkerton. Matt is a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He shot and killed a home intruder by the name of Kendall Green, just before 2 a.m. on September 15, 2013 in the town of Glen Burnie, Maryland.
As reported by the Capital Gazette:
“Pinkerton shot Green once in the chest from 10 to 15 feet away, but Green continued to advance toward him, his wife Jessica and two friends who were at the house, [Peter] O’Neill (Pinkerton’s attorney) said. That’s when Pinkerton shot him again. He died at the scene.”
The state has charged Matthew Pinkerton with 2nd Degree Murder. Their sole basis for this charge is that he should have called 911. There is no nationwide average response time for a 911 call, however unless they are faster than 1,310 ft/s, there really is no point in calling 911 in the case of a hostile home invasion. While the Assistant State’s Attorney, Glen Neubauer, maintains that he should have called 911, and that even the act of grabbing the gun in the first place is “bizarre behavior in itself,” Pinkerton’s lawyer, Peter O’Neill, said it best when he acknowledged that, “By the time 911 is called, he’s dead.”
Even the judge presiding over the case, the Honorable Judge Jonas Legum of the Maryland Circuit Court, admits that he finds it “amazing” that the probable cause statement provided to him by investigators is only a scant two pages long, with only two sentences pertaining to the shooting.
I interviewed Matthew’s brother, Michael Pinkerton, who was there the night of the shooting. In the interview, he defends his brother saying: “Matt is a family man that has no criminal record; he is a true symbol of what America stands for. He stands by his country and his family.”
When asked about that night Michael says:
“The night in question Matt feared for his safety. After closing the door on the gentleman, he [Mr. Green] chose to barge thru and enter the house. Matt told him several times to get out but he insisted to charge forward. Thus resulting in him getting shot.” He also adds that “The press is making it sound as though Mr. Green and Matt knew each other well but that was not the case.”
Since the incident, Michael says that he and his family have been harassed by the friends and family of Mr. Green several times.
“Since that night, we sit on the front porch as we always did, to enjoy our coffee and a cigar after dinner. The only difference is, now we occasionally have a drive by of friends of the guy shot yelling out ‘murderer.’” Michael added: “we are worried that once the trial begins, that if they are doing this now, what will it be like then?”
When asked if the family has any plans to relocate outside of Maryland, Michael stated that:
“Matt and Jessica are purchasing the home they live in. They have been here for 8 years. They have raised their kids in this community.” He added that ”They both are active members in the youth sports association for the area.” He also noted that “everyone has been very supportive except for the friends and family of Mr. Green.”
It seems that Mr. Green had an interest in Mr. Pinkerton’s wife. All of the evidence shows that Jessica Pinkerton was only interested in Mr. Green as a friend, but he wanted more. “When Jessica Pinkerton tried to end the relationship, Green continued to pursue it,” O’Neill stated.
Mr. Green arrived early on Sunday morning and staked out the Pinkerton residence. When he knocked on the door, Matthew retrieved his handgun, a Glock 17 9mm, and put it in his back pocket, as he was not expecting a visitor that evening.
Upon opening the door, Green identified himself and demanded to see Jessica. Matthew advised Mr. Green to leave and that he had no business being there. When Matthew shut the door to diffuse the situation, Mr. Green broke the door in.
After being warned to leave, Mr. Green was shot once as “he was motioning to his waist band flipping his shirt” and he was shot again when he continued to advance, according to Michael.
“He kept coming forward so Matt fired. He rocked backwards and took another step forward at which time Matt took his second shot. He stumbled backwards and fell out the door onto the porch.”
Michael stated that Mr. Green was wearing a hoodie that night, making it impossible to verify if he had a weapon under it or not, and that both shots hit him center mass.
“When the shots were fired Jessica called 911,” Michael continued. “Matt spoke to the operator; he removed the clip from his gun and the bullet in the chamber. Police arrived within five minutes.”