Self-defense Is Legal in Ohio

JusticeAnd concealed carry works. Gunman cleared in fatal Canton gas station shooting.

Attorney Jeff Jakmides said his client acted in self-defense when he was attacked and punched by a man in the BP parking lot on Tuscarawas Street W near the Interstate 77 exit ramp. The man killed also wielded a knife that was later found at the scene by police, Jakmides said.

“He was in lawful possession of his sidearm,” Jakmides said of his client. “He has a concealed carry permit.”

Jay H. Schweitzer, 31, of Canton, died following the shooting on Oct. 6.

There were recently changes in Ohio law to dial back the often over-zealous prosecutors – who hate self-defense.