A Pennsylvania man repelled a group of alleged home invaders with some well-placed bullets.
Police say four boys ages 13 to 16 tried to force their way into a home late Tuesday night, but were stopped when the resident shot two of them, both in the leg, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The resident, who is 21-years-old, heard the boys trying to get into his window and opened fire. The injuries were not life threatening.
All four boys are charged with conspiracy and attempted burglary. The man has not been charged and it’s unclear whether he will be. Pennsylvania operates under the”castle doctrine” as well as “stand your ground” provisions which allow people to use deadly force to defend themselves or their property. The state’s law reads a person “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and use force, including deadly force if . . . (he) believes it is immediately necessary to do so to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse by force or threat.”
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation of self-defense shootings between July, 2014, and July, 2015, found hundreds of potential victims were saved by gun-toting Americans. Like Tuesday’s shooting, the analysis found gun carriers were able to defend themselves usually without killing the invader. Of 217 suspects in the analysis, 148 perpetrators survived their encounter with a gun carrier, whether they took a gunshot wound or simply fled. The other 69 were killed. More than half the suspects involved survived.
See the investigation’s interactive graphic here.
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