Washington man: Vice President Joe Biden owes me
A Washington man is asking for an apology from the Vice President after he followed his advice to protect his property.
In July, Jeffrey Barton was arrested by the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Washington, after he said he was protecting his family using his Second Amendment rights.
"I chose not to take a life that night. I fired my gun in the air," Barton said.
He said just after 3:00 AM on July 15, he heard prowlers outside his home. His wife called 911 and he grabbed his double-barrel shotgun and fired it to scare them away. That tactic was exactly what Vice President Joe Biden advised Americans to do in a video posted to whitehouse.gov and The White House's YouTube page in February:
"If you want to protect yourself get a double-barrel shotgun. If there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here or walk out - put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts."
Barton said the shot scared off the intruders but it also alerted the Sheriff's Office. They arrived and arrested him. He says the incident has cost him $10,000 and counting for professional advice.
He believes the prowlers were neighbors who lived in a home that was under investigation by the sheriff for being a high-profile drug house.
The sheriff says there was no physical evidence of any prowlers but Barton says he has surveillance footage to prove there where burglars and he plans to show it in court.
"I even have one of the deputies carrying a purse found in the driveway. I don't think it was his purse."
He now sports a shirt bearing the words "Joe Biden Owes Me."
He may not get the apology he wants but he will get his day in court in March.