Pathologically impulsive reaction and instantaneous perpetration of a double crime with a firearm
Keywords:pathological impulsivity, double crime, amok syndrome, acting out, psychological evaluation.
For Barratt et al. (1997), impulsivity is defined as a predisposition to carry out quick, non-reflective actions in response to internal and/or external stimuli despite the negative consequences that these could have for the person as well as for third parties (Moeller et al., 2001). Impulsivity is thought of as a psychobiological tendency that predisposes a spectrum of behaviors rather than a particular action (Squillace et al., 2011).
For Squillace et al. (2011), individuals with high impulsivity can be analyzed:
- A) At a behavioral level, where a reduced sensitivity to the negative consequences triggered by their own actions can be observed, as well as a high reaction speed that would not allow an adequate processing of information, both from internal and external stimuli.
- B) At a social level, impulsiveness is understood as a behavior developed in a family environment in which the child has learned to react quickly to obtain what is desired. This behavior implies risks and its consequences are not considered by the individual for themselves or for third parties (Moeller, et al., 2001; Orozco-Cabal, Barratt & Buccello, 2007).
In the present case, evaluated directly by the writer, in January 2017, a 29-year-old in the course of hunting small game, was intercepted by two rural agents. Without a word between the aggressor and the victims, the aggressor reacted virulently and impulsively in "acting out", perpetrating the murder of both by discharging his shotgun.
The aggressor then turned himself into the police and was arrested.