A North Carolina woman who feared for her life as a man attempted to get in her car used her firearm to defend herself, fatally wounding him. The incident is being described as road rage by the local media reports. The area's district attorney said the man followed the woman into a grocery store parking lot, got out of his car, approached her car and attempted to enter her vehicle. “She, acting in self-defense, shot and killed him," the D.A. said.
"I think what's really important here for people to understand is that provision in our law is not an invitation to vigilante justice, but it does allow when someone has a reasonable fear for imminent death or bodily injury that you're allowed to protect yourself," Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman told ABC 11.
The aggressor was a 49-year-old man who tried to pry open the woman's car doors before she fired at him. The D.A. said police were able to corroborate the story by viewing video footage of the scene and interview witnesses.
"We were fortunate to have access to various video. Also, there were witnesses in the area that were able to give a pretty clear image as to what happened here," Freeman said.
The woman was legally armed and has no prior criminal history, according to reports.
Under North Carolina law, individuals are permitted "to use force to protect themselves when there is a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm," Freeman told the local press. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. (foxnews.com; Raleigh, N.C.; 8/7/23)
A southern Indiana woman came to the defense of her husband when she reportedly saw a man drive through their front yard, exit the vehicle, force her husband to the ground, and point a gun at his head. The wife wasted no time in grabbing her own gun and shooting the man, WDRB-TV reported.
The incident began around 6:30 p.m., when officers responded to a 9-1-1 call, according to an Indiana State Police news release. When authorities arrived, they found the 45-year-old man in the yard with a gunshot wound. He he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports, investigators said the aggressor drove through the yard, grabbed the homeowner, forced him to the ground, and pointed a gun at his head. The homeowner's wife was witnessing the incident from inside, so in fear for her husband’s life, grabbed her handgun, went outside and shot the man.
State police investigators told a local TV station that the man was well known in the area and has a criminal background. It was also learned that he supposedly had once dated the homeowner's daughter, who no longer lives at the home. Police were unable to identify the reason he targeted her father. The case will ultimately be turned over to the county prosecutor's office, the state police news release. (WDRB.com; Louisville, Ky.; 8/8/23)
If you tell the truth, you never have to worry about keeping your story straight. That’s what a Pennsylvania woman learned after she was shot in the leg by a homeowner after she broke into her home, allegedly to retrieve her belongings.
The woman reportedly told police that she and the homeowner had a set time to be there to collect her things, but that turned out to not be true. The homeowner reportedly told officers that she was inside the home and heard banging sounds and then a window breaking, and that’s when she retrieved her handgun. When she encountered the unauthorized intruder, she reported being repeatedly struck by a blunt object while the criminal threatened her life. Police later determined the object used to assault her was a floor squeegee with a long handle.
The homeowner, in fear for her life, then fired a round from the gun in self-defense, hitting the intruder in the leg. She then fled to neighbors’ homes, banging on doors for help.
When the intruder was interviewed again time by authorities, she recanted her original account of the incident, admitting she broke out a kitchen window to gain entry, and that the owner of the home did not actually tell her a time to come and retrieve her items, according to police reports. She also admitted attacking the homeowner with the squeegee.
The woman is scheduled to appear before a judge at the Mount Carmel District at a future date. (news.yahoo.com; Sunbury, Pa., 7/1/23)
What would you do if you arrived home at 1 a.m. and discovered four would-be burglars in your home? That’s exactly the scenario a Philadelphia woman was forced to deal with when she returned to her apartment. After a confrontation with the men in which the woman feared for her life, she drew her firearm and shot two of them. All the intruders then fled the scene, but they didn’t get far. According to reports, when police arrived, they discovered the woman outside standing over one of the suspects, a 48-year-old man who had gunshot wounds to a hand and leg. A second 45-year-old suspect, suffering a gunshot wound to his back, was discovered only a few blocks away. Both were taken to hospital for treatment and were later charged with burglary and related offenses. A weapon was also discovered. The remaining men were still at large as of this posting. Reports indicated that the woman’s actions self-defense are considered self-defense, and thus she won’t be charged with a crime.
According to interviews with neighbors, she has their full support. "I think she did the right thing," a neighborhood resident told a local TV station. "This is my home, this is my safe haven ... so to have somebody in my house when I get there, why not?" (6abc.com; Philadelphia, PA; 7/16/23)