Bluffdale Neighborhood Watch Shooting, July 2009
David Serbeck (37) & Troy Petersen (the President of the Home Owner's Association), were patrolling the neighborhood looking for information relating to recent neighborhood vehicle burglaries and vandalism. They stopped near 4 girls with a car matching a description of a vehicle that may have been involved in the recent crimes. Serbeck evidently did not identify themselves as members of Neighborhood Watch. The girls got in their car and left, and claim they were scared because the older men were "stalking" them. One of the girls called her father, Reggie Campos.
Reggie Campos (43) is a licensed CPA, is married with 4 children at home, and a retired Iraq war veteran with no previous criminal record. He and his daughter got in a car & went looking for the other car driven by someone he thought was harassing his 15-yr-old daughter. He was not a CFP holder. [This was a huge mistake. He should have called the police to handle this!!]
Upon finding the car, Campos blocked it with his own, then allegedly approached the other car and pointed a 9mm handgun at Serbeck demanding him to put his hands up. Serbeck, who was a CFP holder, and former Army Sniper, was also armed with a .45 pistol, but claims he got out of his car and put his gun on the ground, with the safety engaged, and kicked it away from him. [Do you believe this?? I personally doubt it.]
To listen to the 911 emergency call, go to this link.
Campos was charged with attempted murder & 2 counts of aggravated assault. Campos was released on $100K bail.
Campos' story was that Serbeck, pulled out his gun, and racked the slide, and that is when Campos fired. Campos fired 3 shots, hitting Serbeck, causing him to become permanently paralized. Campos then called 911 asking for the Police.
4 people witnessed this shooting: David Serbeck (the victim) & Troy Peterson (HOA Pres.); Reggie Campos (the shooter) & his daughter, Stephanie Campos.
The trial was on July 26, 2010 and the jury found Reggie Campos guilty on all charges.
On 9/3/10, Reginald Campos was sentenced to 3 years to Life for a conviction of Attempted Murder and 0-5 years for a conviction of Aggravated Assault. Both sentences are to run consecutively. Campos was ordered to pay restitution and have no contact with the Serbeck Family for life.
The Judge also called Campos' self defense "pure crap". The judge went on to say that "You don't get out of a car with a gun and then claim self defense."
As we have said repeatedly in our Utah CCW classes, firearms are to be used to get you to tomorrow, Not To Win Arguments!! You can never be labeled the aggressor and claim self-defense.
In a further development, in October 2010, Mr. Serbeck was sued for child sexual abuse of a 17-year old girl back in 2007. The alleged victim claimed Serbeck manipulated and threatened her and her family for months. Serbeck was subsequently charged with three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. On April 11, 2011 Serbeck pled not guilty to those charges. On March 29, 2012 the jury found Mr. Serbeck guilty of having sex with a minor. On June 22, 2012, Mr. Serbeck was sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison for this third-degree felony. It's further noteable that Mr. Serbeck remains unwilling to own up to what he did.
Mike Munnerlyn, Instructor
I am currently retired from teaching. My son-in-law Rob Wilkinson, who used to teach with me, is now teaching on his own. Please call him at 801-671-6773.
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