Do not pass ‘Go’: Man arrested for shooting at family over a Monopoly game, shows no holiday spirit behind bars

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Tulsa,OK: A fight broke out over the holiday weekend between family members over a heated game of Monopoly that led to a shooting and a near murder attempt.

Talk about going straight to jail.

A Tulsa, Oklahoma family were enjoying a dinner when they decided to break out one of America’s most beloved and classic board games- Monopoly.

Anyone who has ever played Monopoly knows it can be very competitive, but rarely does it lead to gunfire. But last weekend, it did.

The specific circumstances regarding what went from a peaceful game to an all-out fight remain unclear at this point. Whether it was someone pocketing the coveted $500 bill, stretching the ‘house rules’ beyond reason or a seemingly one-sided trade, something set off the family.

Do not pass 'Go': Man arrested for shooting at family over a Monopoly game, shows no holiday spirit behind bars
Armstrong. Image courtesy of Tulsa County Jail

According to the local news coverage of the story, it stated:

“A man got into an argument with his stepfather, which escalated and turned physical, police told KJRH. They flipped the Monopoly board and knocked over furniture before continuing the fight outside, as a family member requested.”

Stepfamily may be tricky to deal with; we can all admit that. But to take it to a near deadly level is something entirely different.

To absolutely no one’s surprised, alcohol was involved, according to authorities.

Suspect Identified

As the fight continued outside, one of the combatants pulled out a gun at some point. The suspect was later identified as John Armstrong.

It is believed by authorities that Armstrong’s stepfather was giving him the business during the tussle. Like many cowards who are in the middle of a beatdown, Armstrong then allegedly pulled out the handgun once he received a cut to his head.

Apparently, he wasn’t ready to lose the fight to in his stepfather.

Once the handgun came out, both the stepfather and stepsister took off running. Authorities then state that Armstrong gave chase to the two and fire a shot in the direction of the runners.

According to the local news coverage, it stated:

“His stepfather and stepsister both ran away down the street and Armstrong chased, gun in hand, and fired at them, the station reported. Armstrong told police he fired a single shot at the ground.”

Do not pass 'Go': Man arrested for shooting at family over a Monopoly game, shows no holiday spirit behind bars

Someone then called 911 after hearing the gun shot. Once police arrived and de-escalated the situation, responding officers then investigated the shooting and determined that Armstrong was the trigger man.

Officers also searched the home where they found monopoly money, game board pieces and deeds strewn about the room. Clear signs of a struggle were observed as well and clear signs someone was not destined to be a real estate tycoon.

The responding officer’s, however, were unable to locate the gun used in the incident. Authorities believe Armstrong hid the gun prior to their arrival.

Perhaps Armstrong would make a better magician than a Monopoly player.

According to a local news coverage, it stated:

“Officers at the scene searched the home, found scattered Monopoly pieces in the living room, but couldn’t find the gun, KOKI reported.”

It continued:

“Armstrong was taken into custody on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, police told the outlet.”

Do not pass 'Go': Man arrested for shooting at family over a Monopoly game, shows no holiday spirit behind bars
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Thanksgiving Tips

The Thanksgiving holiday is meant to be a time of togetherness, peacefulness, and quality time.

It can, however, provide an opportunity for pent up family angst to become exposed. Alcohol may sometimes escalate this angst and the situation can become heated.

Most people can relate to some degree of family dysfunction, but it takes a special kind of individual (not the good kind of special) to shoot a gun at someone over a Monopoly game.

Here are some tips to enjoy a peaceful game of Monopoly:

  1. Place any handguns in a safe prior to starting the game.
  2. Arrange teams so the losers can share the blame.
  3. Set a time limit and stick to it. At the end of the time limit, whoever has the most assets, wins the game. This softens losing enough to stay alive.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

-LET

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Do not pass 'Go': Man arrested for shooting at family over a Monopoly game, shows no holiday spirit behind bars

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