published Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Chattanooga: 20-year-old charged in shooting death

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    Myles K. Stout, 20, was charged early this morning with reckless homicide after he told Hamilton County Sheriff's Office detectives he shot and killed 18-year-old Jesse Compton. Stout said he thought the gun was unloaded and they were horseplaying.
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A 20-year-old man faces a charge of reckless homicide after he told Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office detectives he shot and killed 18-year-old Jesse M. Compton in the chest Wednesday night.

Myles K. Stout, of Chattanooga, said he thought the gun was unloaded when he held the gun to Compton’s chest. He said they were horseplaying.

When authorities arrived on the scene at 9:12 p.m. Wednesday at Stout’s 9125 Stoney Mountain Dr. residence, Stout said Compton shot himself with the gun.

Witnesses told detectives that Stout fired the gun killing Compton. When confronted with the information, Stout admitted to the shooting.

Compton was dead when authorities arrived on scene.

Stout remains at the Hamilton County Jail. His bond was not set this morning.

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hcirehttae said...

But remember, it's essential that we Americans all have guns at hand in case a psychotic murderer suddenly bursts in and begins shooting, so that as members of a well-regulated militia, we can exercise our Second Amendment right to blaze away and defend everybody, in private or in public. "Reload, baby, reload."

March 10, 2011 at 10:35 a.m.

first of all. don't start throwing your opinion out there unless you know the facts. "reload, baby, reload" do you have a heart? an 18 year old CHILD is dead becuase the kid thought the gun was empty and put it straight to his chest and shot.

your right, it might be "essential" to have guns in your home, in case a psychotic murderer suddenly does burst into your home, but that's not the case. this was an accident. all fun and games till someone gets hurt. or dies.


March 10, 2011 at 12:01 p.m.
bluedagger said...

This is exactly why we need to teach our children about proper gun safety. If these kids would have been properly taught, the likelyhood of this happening would have been deminished. This gun would not have killed him if it was never pointed at his chest and the trigger wasn't pulled. I feel for this kids parents and classmates.

March 10, 2011 at 12:54 p.m.
dao1980 said...

Bluedagger is absolutely right.

Proper gun safety training is just as important as any other safety training when dealing with dangerous tools. Many people have been killed while playing with forklifts... should we have emotional debate about the need to outlaw forklifts? And if we did outlaw any potential implement of danger, would it erase the previous existence of said implement?

Law does not erase reality. In reality, guns, hammers, spears, knives, forklifts... etc. all already exist. Just because you make it against the law to possess something does not make that item unavailable, it just criminalizes anyone who is in possession of the item you wish to cower and hide from. Our embarrassing "war on drugs" is proof that prohibition is a farce existent only in the minds of those who would engage in the self gratifying philosophy that you can save the world from itself.

While individuals like hcirehttae spend their days imagining some idealistic world where there never has been, or ever will be anything unexpectedly negative happening, folks with an understanding of cause and affect will pay close attention to what's going on around them and with a little luck, make it through just fine.

March 10, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.
missybrewer said...

It is the unfortunate fact that we, as parents, do not or have not taught our children proper gun safety, that killed Myles and that we as gun owners do not take the proper precautions to prevent such unfortunate accidents from happening. I do not claim to know all of the facts involved in this accident; it is my opinion that the owner of the gun should have never left it loaded and where anyone could've picked it up. I am not pointing fingers or making blame as to whose fault this horrific accident was; it's a hard lesson to learn, unfortunately a horrible way to learn a lesson. I do know that the owner of the gun and the person who accidentally shot Myles will forever live with his death heavy in their hearts, this, I feel is punishment enough. I did know Myles Compton, pretty well, he was an awesome kid, always had a smile on his face and NO, he didn't deserve to die this young. God does have a plan for each and everyone of us, apparently he needs Myles more than we do here on earth. Please keep Myles Compton, Myles Stout and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

March 10, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
bob60216 said...

hcirehhtae, I hope your post was intended to be as sarcastic as it sounds. If it is not intended to be sarcastic, you are truly a demented person.

While I am also a supporter of every Americans second amendment rights, both publicly and privately, this is not the time and place for your argument to be heard. Why do you, other second amendment supporters, and the NRA feel that any time an incident like this occurs, that you should mount up and protect your rights? Let me clairfy something for you, no one cares about your rights at this moment, and no one is pushing for a motion to abolish the second amendment. However, when you and other second amendment supporters make a spectical of yourselves and your rights, as you have in your post, your argument falls on deaf ears. It wasn't appropriate when the NRA held a rally in Columbine or Michigan after shootings there, and it certainly isn't appropriate for you to voice those same values here. A young man has died, have some compassion and remorse for his family and friends.

Maybe it is time for you to realize, that no one reading this article cares about the second amendment at the moment, and rushing to to the defense of your rights does not do you any good in the public eye.

March 10, 2011 at 2:34 p.m.
missybrewer said...

you are absolutely correct "bob60216" a young man's life is lost due to a tragic accident and careless behavior of another; this is NOT the time to launch a debate on second amendment rights

March 10, 2011 at 2:43 p.m.
hcirehttae said...

Sarcastic. I'm angry. Why do 20-year-olds need access to guns -- PERIOD!

March 10, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
dmas92 said...

It's not really gun safety that's the issue. It's not a matter of whether the 2nd Amendment should exist or not, per se, either. To the parents wondering if he was exposed to proper gun safety, I can say that I went to elementary school and a lot of high school with this guy and know for a fact that he had plenty of opportunities to learn how to be a mature citizen in society and behave properly. The issue we have is not letting stupid people who act like children get a hold of guns.

I will do my best to leave out subjective adjectives or events to describe him, but if you all are forgetting, he has been convicted of driving under the influence and started a fight at Signal Mountain High School. He was given multiple opportunities at his high school to stay in as opposed to being kicked out -because he told me he was given multiple opportunities-and still could not learn a thing. What is a 20 year old doing at a party with high school students anyway?

Hopefully a piece of legislation or mandate of some sort will go into effect to make sure intelligent people who know how to behave themselves can keep their guns while psychotic high school drop outs do not. A little harsh? Remember, this isn't a "fluke" accident. Mr. Stout was not some valedictorian or a local philanthropist: he has a track record of messing up and I believe in correlations. Oh, and I'm sure he would have slept just fine at night if the witnesses had stood their silent and let Myles pretend the young boy had committed suicide.

March 10, 2011 at 5:40 p.m.
dude_abides said...

dmas92 sounds spot on. This POS lied to the police, and his folks can get him out for $2500 dollars. Pick up the gun...push in the magazine...rack the slide (load the chamber)...point it at another human being...pull the trigger...tell the police the kid shot himself... If that kid walked on this and ever hurt someone I love, I would want to react in a way that would make the national news. To review: Killed him, and then blamed him! Ended his life, and then tried to make him look foolish and inept! Murdered their loved one and then insulted his memory.

March 10, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.
moon4kat said...

Stout had the gun; it was in his house. Some commentors suggest the shooting was an "accident." Huh? Stout is an adult, and was in a position to know where and how the gun was kept (i.e. loaded). At best he was reckless -- as so many gun owners seem to be; the incidents of "accidental" shootings are legion. The NRA insists that "guns don't kill people." Maybe so, but people with guns DO kill innocent people . . . and, it happens a lot.

March 10, 2011 at 8:39 p.m.
jakco3 said...

dude_abides got it right. Stout "accidentally" picks up the gun, "accidentally" loads the magazine, "accidentally" loads the chamber, "accidentally" point blank aims, "accidentally" pulls the trigger? Did he think he was playing Call of Duty?

March 10, 2011 at 9:31 p.m.

i am a very close and personal friend of myles compton. although he is gone now, he will always be with us. he touched eveyone's life that he came in contact with. he was the most respectful teenage boy i've ever met. Kevin West was right, he would have given anyone the shirt on his back, without being asked. the fact that someone as "sarcastic" as hcirehttae, is sickening and down right hateful. your rights a gun owner has NOTHING to do with this, so drop it. you have made yourself look like a cold hearted person. i'm not saying i or his friends and family want peoples sympathy, but at the same time have a little compassion for those in this time. and for all the others that have reached out and showed your empathy for possible someone you don't even know, it's greatly appriciated. his family and friends need everyone's support in a devastating time like this.

March 11, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
bethanytn0429 said...

I don't think that anyone would want someone to look at their rap sheet and decide, based on previous incidents alone, whether they were guilty or innocent or whether a situation they were involved in was an accident or intentional. Of course it's going to happen, but is it fair? How many people messed up and did a lot of really stupid stuff in their teens and early twenties? Would you want someone to decide that because you had driven drunk or been involved in a fight, you must certainly have intended to kill someone? Big leap there, I'd say.

Both of these families are grieving and in shock and struggling to understand how this happened and cope with the aftermath, I'm sure. I know Myles Stout and he IS a good person. And unless you know him personally or have spent time getting to know him, it isn't for you to say that he's a POS or worthless or a screw up or simply not a good person. He's made a lot of mistakes, but he truly has a good heart. I'm sure he's sick about this...I cannot even imagine. My heart goes out to everyone involved in this. Please remember that people are not always what you see on the surface and that everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt. Let's not rub salt in anyone's wounds by pointing fingers and calling it helpful at...all?

March 11, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
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