Arizona Shooting Victim Apologizes For Death Threat

Arizona shooting victim James Fuller issued a mea culpa yesterday for his death threat against Tea Party leader Trent Humphries:

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — Arizona shooting victim James Eric Fuller sent his apologies Monday for telling a Tea Party leader, “you are dead.”

Dorothy DeRuyter, a companion of Fuller’s, provided CNN with a statement.

“I would like to tender my sincerest apologies to Mr. (Trent) Humphries for my misplaced outrage on Saturday at the St. Odelia’s town meeting,” Fuller said in the statement. “It was not in the spirit of our allegiance and warm feelings to each other as citizens of our great country.”

Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed to a county mental health facility after he photographed Tucson Tea Party founder Humphries and said, “You are dead” when Humphries began speaking at the event.

No word on whether Humphries will continue to insist on pressing charges.

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Comments

  1. PJ says:

    And this is how you do it. You apologize.

  2. wr says:

    Yes, but then you look weak. At least that’s what Jay Tea says…

  3. mantis says:

    No word on whether Humphries will continue to insist on pressing charges.

    Of course he will.

    Btw, his name is Eric Fuller, not James.

  4. Mr. Grouchypants says:

    According to the article, his name is James Eric Fuller. So you’re both right.

    The fact that he’s known by three names isn’t a good sign though, so Humphries should probably go ahead and press charges.

  5. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Lefties have been known to fabricate sorrow. I think I would leave the complaint in place. Sorry, but you highly educated, mentally superior people get to pay for what you say as well as do, too. This was a premeditated act. First he took the picture then uttered the statement.

  6. mantis says:

    According to the article, his name is James Eric Fuller. So you’re both right.

    Oops. My mistake. I had only seen him referred to as Eric.