“WDSU News 6 reports 9-28-16 in New Orleans, Louisiana, police arrested an elderly man they said shot one of two men he saw in his shed around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the St. Claude neighborhood,” Bob Irwin writes at ammoland.com.
According to the police report read in court Wednesday afternoon, the resident’s security company alerted him of a possible break-in at his home. He grabbed his gun and went outside where he saw two men running from his shed. He yelled at them to stop!
One man kept running but the other stopped. The resident told police said the man appeared to reach for his waistband. That’s when the resident shot the 53-year-old man in his neck. The shot resulted in critical injuries.
In some states (e.g. Texas), it’s perfectly legal to use lethal force to defend property. In Louisiana, where this went down, it isn’t. If the LA prosecutor, judge, and/or jury conclude that the 73-year-old home owner was lying about the perp reaching for a gun, he’ll be off to jail.
If it was legal, would you use lethal force to defend your property?