Knives don’t make people dangerous. Either they’re dangerous or they’re not; a knife just makes them armed. We just reported how a Pennsylvania shoplifter took a short trip to The Land Of Nod when he drew steel on a former MMA fighter, but that incident is a happy-ending fairytale compared to what happened in New Mexico in the early-morning hours on New Year’s Day.
MMA figher Joseph Torrez had received threatening phone calls from alleged gang member Leonard Calvillo the day before, including an explicit threat to come to Torrez’ house and kill his family. At about 2:00 a.m., Calvillo allegedly made good on his threat and broke into Torrez’ home with three accomplices. At least one of them was armed with a knife.
If they wanted to kill Torrez, however, they probably should have brought a gun. Torrez apparently disarmed them and stabbed one of the accomplices to death, and inflicted what are described as ‘severe facial injuries’ on another of them. Calvillo and the other uninjured survivor fled, but were quickly arrested.
At this time it’s unknown if this incident represents a clean example of a ‘defensive knife use.’ Details of the actual fight are murky, and investigators may charge Torrez in connection with the death. New Mexico doesn’t explicitly follow the Castle Doctrine, but state law imposes no duty to retreat.
Original story: Huffpo.