If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Homeowner

No one will be surprised at what happens. Durham police: Teen robbers shot during home invasion

Police said a homeowner told them someone tried to kick in his front door and then reached through a broken window to open the door, so he opened fire.

At least one of the pair was armed.

A 16-year-old male and 16-year-old female were taken to a local hospital. The female was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Burglary charges are pending. They’ll be arraigned when they get out of the hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

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Self-defense Is Legal in North Carolina

I always suspected it was. No charges against woman who shot Walmart shoplifting suspect in Knightdale, DA says.

This stems from an incident in September, where a guy was allegedly shoplifting at Walmart and ran from the cops. He broke into a locked office, where he encountered a woman working late. She was alone at the time.

The Wake County DA’s office said Monday that based on the Knightdale Police Department’s investigation, it has determined that [Connie Wells, CPA] “reasonably believed her life to be in danger and therefore was justified in using force in self-defense.”

She shot one time, striking him in the neck.

You can find my initial take on this story at this link.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Wasn’t Shot Because of Shoplifting, But Because He Was a Threat

His day didn’t go at all as he planned. Attorney for woman who shot Knightdale shoplifting suspect says it was self-defense | WNCN

He shoplifted at Walmart, ran from police, ran into an office building, broke down a solid-core door and trapped a woman in her office.

It was at that point that Wells “lawfully exercised her right to self-defense with her legally-possessed firearm” and shot Branch in the neck.

Chetson [attorney for the woman doing the shooting] wrote that Wells “feared Branch would assault, kill, or do her other harm. Another step and Branch would have been on top of her.”

He was shot once in the neck, and may not walk again.

Branch’s father is upset because although shoplifting is bad, it isn’t worth being shot over. Of course at the point where he was shot, the shoplifting incident was moot. At the time he was shot, he had invaded an office and presented a reasonable threat to the occupant. What else was she supposed to do, but defend herself.

Police have been fairly tight-lipped about everything, but the lawyer makes a point.

“North Carolina recognizes a right of self-defense, enshrined in part in common law that dates back hundreds of years and in the Castle Doctrine which allows a person to defend themselves from attack in a person’s home or business,” Chetson wrote.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If not with a firearm, then how exactly should a 79-year-old defend himself from a 26-year-old intruder? 79-year-old Winston-Salem man shoots would-be robber in the head | myfox8.com

It was 2:30 in the afternoon when there came a knock on the door. 77-year-old Barbara Ella Melton answered it and two bad-guys forced their way in.

Police say the two men began assaulting Noah [Melton, 79] with a blunt object once they were inside. But, Noah was able to draw his handgun which he was carrying in his waistband, and fired one round, hitting one of his assailants in the head. The man who was shot has been identified as 26-year-old Lourenco Marcus Reed.

The guy who got shot is in the hospital. The 2nd guy ran like a rabbit; police are still searching for him.

I suppose they figured a 79-year-old would be an easy target. Perhaps they didn’t know he was a veteran.

Police say Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill has determined that no criminal charges will be sought against Noah. Neighbors say he is recovering, but has some bruising on his face.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Ignored the Order of Protection

An order of protection (or restraining order in the common parlance) is just a piece of paper. It won’t protect you from someone determined to do violence. Ex-boyfriend shot after violating order of protection, attacking man, deputies say

So there was a restraining order in place. He was supposed to stay away from his ex-girlfriend. But he went to her home with gasoline and a baseball bat.

Deputies said a man who was at the home came outside after dogs started barking, and he then smelled a strong odor of gasoline near his vehicle.

The man said he found Cuthbertson hiding behind his vehicle and Cuthbertson attacked him with a baseball bat, hitting him in the head multiple times, deputies said.

The man shot Cuthbertson and then helped care for him until EMS arrived, according to deputies.

Caring for the guy that just hit you in the head with a baseball bat is above and beyond the call of duty as far as I am concerned.

If you need a restraining order, then you also need a plan for your protection and the protection of those around you, because not everyone will respect that piece of paper. And the cops are not going to be on hand when you need them. They will show up after the fact and conduct an investigation.

As for the guy who got shot, he is apparently not smart enough to understand the phrase, “It’s over!” Maybe he will get it now, but I doubt it.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

So how would you respond to someone trying to force their way into your home? Sanford woman shoots, kills home intruder :: WRAL.com

Deputies said a woman at 320 S. Plank Road grabbed her pistol after hearing somebody jiggling her door knob just before 11 a.m.

When the woman answered the door, Bryant Latrelle Martin, 29, of 281 S. Plank Road, attempted to force his way into the house and got into a struggle with the homeowner, authorities said.

She shot several times. He suffered a “gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The homeowner’s son was in the house at the time and called 911.

North Carolina has a version of the Castle Doctrine, so I for one doubt that the homeowner will face charges, but those decisions aren’t made by cops. They apparently decided not to arrest her for the shooting, which makes perfect sense.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Was Told to Stay Away. He Didn’t Listen

Hasty is the name of the town, not a description of the homeowner. Laurinburg Exchange | Man shot by Hasty homeowner

Longstanding argument. The police had been called before. The homeowner even swore out warrants after an incident the previous week.

“Johnson had been warned previously not to trespass,” said [Major Ruben Castellon chief detective of Scotland County Sheriff’s Office]. “He came back and became aggressive and was shot.”

Cops view it as self-defense. Which is a human-right.