Indy Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

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Indy Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder
Indy Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( FOX News TV 59 reports 06-06-2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana, a Castleton-area homeowner shot an intruder who tried to break into his home at just after 2 in the morning. It happened in the 7600 block of Wickfield Dr., according to Indianapolis Metropolitan police.

Investigators say 3 people, including a child, were in the home at the time of the shooting. The intruder entered the home through a side window.

“In this particular instance, it appears the homeowner acted in complete justification in using deadly force,” said his attorney Jack Crawford.

Attorney Crawford says even though (the intruder) did not have a weapon during the break-in, Indiana law protects the homeowner’s right to defend his wife and 3-year-old child who were home at the time.

“Indiana adheres to the policy that a person’s home is their castle and you cannot unlawfully enter the home at the risk of being killed,” said Crawford.

“As far as I can tell (the intruder) did not have a weapon on him,” IMPD Major Richard Riddle said. “But I want to make this very clear, the individual forced entry into this home and our homeowner confronted him with his own gun.” He continued, “You have a right to protect yourself and your family inside of your home at all times as long as that force is reasonable and you are protecting your life, the life of a third party which in this sense is our homeowner’s family.” The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as local 18-year-old.

In April this 18-year-old suspect was arrested for possessing drugs and a stolen gun. In May police arrested him again following a hit and run while smoking marijuana. Last week he was arrested a third time for theft and drug charges.

Although criminal charges against the homeowner are not likely, that decision will be in the hands of the Marion county prosecutor’s office.


Clearly a good shoot and I expect the District Attorney will agree. That being said, the bright thing the victim did was hire an attorney and let him speak to the police & media.

With an apparently unarmed intruder, there is always a danger of a costly lawsuit. They will argue that shooting an unarmed “child” was not “reasonable” in this case. It actually was reasonable of course, but that’s where the lawsuit lawyers find their wedge issue.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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Greg Tag

Gil In response to your last comment-I have previously laid the historical and legal reasons for the use of deadly force against a burglar. I’ll reiterate : That shadowy figure at the end of the hall-I can see enough to know it’s not my daughter, not my wife or visiting Uncle Fud. The figure is clearly a stranger who has no right to be in my house. So, Gil you propose a scenario that unfolds like this: Mr.Stranger-are you here merely here to steal the silverware and my laptop and you have no intent to hurt anyone? Promise that you… Read more »

Kim Shaw

Three arrests in three months he should have been in county with no bail. “The system failed him….”

Buck Cassidy

II love happy endings !!!

Greg Tag

Gil You seem ignorant of both the common law, common law derived statute law. I’ll try to educate you, but based on previous comments you have that’s likely to be difficult, on top of which I must say you seem purposely obtuse. Legally, in almost every jurisdiction, the very ACT of unlawful intrusion into an occupied dwelling, allows a response of deadly force. The offense is called burglary, and in almost all American jurisdictions, the householder is allowed to assume that anyone who enters a house unlawfully is armed. The householder is allowed to assume that the burglar has entered… Read more »


Just be honest in calling it property defense. Shooting dead an intruder who was no harm to you but had no right to be there isn’t self-defense. Self-defense is about protecting people whereas property defense is about protecting your private property.

Pa John

Human history is chock full of countless examples of extremely effective teenaged soldiers. Recently I read of an 87 year old WII vet who was killed this year (2017) protecting his home. I did the math. WWII ended in 1945, 72 years ago. 87 – 72 = 15 He was 15 and serving in the U.S. military in the last year of that war? Yes, he was. Now granted, he may have died before his birthday this year (the article didn’t say), meaning he would have turned 16 on his birthday in 1945. But still, a mighty young soldier by… Read more »


Agreed. many soldiers and sailors joined the US Armed Forces underage at the outbeak of WWII.
My Father joined the US Navy at age 14, served,in the war, and then served in the US Navy Reserves until he retired from it.

Wild Bill

@Pa J and Michael, I was 17 when I enlisted. I spent my 18th birthday on KP 0430hrs to 9130hrs. They made me eat two breakfasts and two evening meals because I was so skinny!

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club

Puhleez, let’s not have any bleeding hearts on this. The perpetrator picked the wrong house in the wrong neighborhood. He lost his life because he was a lazy jackass, too lazy to get a legitimate job, and a jackass for trying to rob other people’s homes. Thieves are the lowest form of life on Earth, the only thing lower is a Democrat Politician. If someone tries to enter my house at 2 AM, I hope that they can run faster than 800 FPS. I have a family to protect and I take that job seriously. So there isn’t going to… Read more »


ZACKLEY ! You are 100% correct…
Take out the trash……


Totally agree, double tap and get the kitty litter out to soak up the blood……maybe get a trash bag and place it under the idiot bleeding on your floor.


Another Democrat voter bites the dust. Can’t be many left…


Screw the concept of reasonable threat, eh?


You are not worth a response….. troll

Wild Bill

@Sgm L, anyone that is strong enough to break through a substructure of my house to make entry is definitely imminent and a demonstrated threat. It is only a matter of elocution.


@Wild Bill, I completely agree that is sufficient threat. Once I have my gun trained on them, provided the situation allows, I may give a “verbal” warning if no weapon is visible and I can see well enough to determine that, but if I can’t tell and they aren’t immediately falling back out the window (or door) then it is game on “center mass” until they fall.


that’s what the burglar/housebreaker did. HE was stupid enough to think “no one in there will be armed and dangerous, so I can have my way with them and take what I want”.

Slight miscalculation there…. perhaps his pals will take a hint from his fate: housebreaking is NOT a suitable line of work.

Further, this thugpunk had recently been caught with a firearm… so we know he had the potential of shooting someone unjustifiably. Seems he’d been on a downward trending treadmill. And he finally reached the bottom. Buh bye……


Ignorant turd.