Wilkinsburg PA Shooting, Intruder Fatally Shot In Head ~ VIDEO

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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- KDKA TV 2 (CBS) reports 05-01-19 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania a local man was shot and killed while allegedly trying to force his way into a Franklin Avenue home around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Inspector Andrew Schurman of Allegheny County Police. said “From what we’re piecing together at this point, this is possibly some type of robbery or dispute in which the individual who perished was trying to force his way into the residence.”

According to police, a 17-year-old male juvenile resident knew the would-be intruder from “previous encounters” and knew the intruder possessed a firearm.

It appears the door may have been opened, the person was trying to force their way in. The 17-year-old, who police say feared for the safety of his family, fired one round from the handgun at the intruder.

The intruder was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. Adults and children were inside the house at the time.

The firearm belonged to one of the adults in the house. No charges have been filed as of this report.

Comments:

Obviously, a prohibited person (too young to possess a firearm) can procure a gun in a life threating emergency to protect himself or others from great bodily harm or death.

Probably a good shoot even in California. It is common case law that a “prohibited’ person may grab a nearby firearm for defense in a sudden life-threatening situation.

The question of the shot in the head makes it sound like a murder. In the midst of a self-defense incident, it is all but impossible to accurately fire a handgun, especially for a novice shooter.

I am aware of many cases wherein that panic shot, especially in the hands of a person unfamiliar with firearms, struck his opponent in the brain. More likely a random hit as opposed to accurately aimed fire.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays.

As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State, and local courts.

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    eaglesnester
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    If you have to grab a firearm in a deadly use situation, you ante holden that shooter for no light court-en. You shoot to kill not wound. If you dont the shootee may reach you and still disarm you and kill you with your own gun even though mortally wounded It takes a while for blood pressure to fall enough to cause the shootee to lose consciousness. Center body mass is good, a head shot is better. I was on duty at Portsmouth Naval Hospital back in the 70es as an OR tech. About 2200 hours we got a patient… Read more »

    John
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    John

    Some of the comments posted are repulsive.

    The intruder, this rest solely on him no doubt. The young resident, protecting himself and family, no doubt justified.

    The sting still however, a young lad dead and the other will relive the encounter daily the rest of his life.

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    Heed the Call-up

    Bob, I am quite disappointed in your depiction of this youth that saved his family. Why couldn’t a teenager be capable of utilizing a firearm? My daughter learned to shoot at 8 years old. When she turned 17 and decided not to go on vacation with my wife and I, I gave her a firearm to keep at her bedside. I was fully confident in her abilities to use that firearm, God-forbid, she needed to. And I was not concerned that she would use it improperly. She learned from a very young age about firearm safety – just as I… Read more »

    Charles Moore
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    Charles Moore

    A head shot makes it look like a murder and a “novice” wouldn’t do that? How many nearly endless hours of Call of Duty, etc., do you suppose that a typical 17-year-old might have played where they often do just that very thing?? Regardless, unless invited or “set up,” the other youth did not belong there and (most likely) not at 6:30am. Kudos to the young man might be very well deserved. A good investigation should sort things out.

    MikeRoss
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    MikeRoss

    The article should have explained that under Pennsylvania law the minimum age to possess (possess, not purchase) a gun is 18. There are only two exceptions: When under adult supervision or when hunting or trapping.

    Charles Moore
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    Charles Moore

    “Exigent Circumstances” overrule those kinds of “laws” in nearly all cases.

    Mark Clinton
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    Mark Clinton

    Bob, you completely missed the point. The intruder was not to young to have a gun. Total irrelevance. What is relevant is that the home owner believed, and was able to articulate to a legal standard, that an imminent threat of death, or serious bodily harm, by a democrat criminal, existed, and was reasonably dealt with. The focus is on the criminal perpetrator, and his threatening actions, in furtherance of his criminal activity.

    George Steele
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    George Steele

    I think the problem here centers on the statement “(too young to possess a firearm).” It would have been better written ‘too young to purchase a firearm” for clarity’s sake. I was proficient with a rifle by the age of 14, and capable of routinely shooting bottle caps stuck on a nail on the side of the barn. A head is a lot bigger. I was a crack shot with a BB pistol as well, so it isn’t beyond reason that this young man would be proficient with a handgun kept at home – not to mention the possibility that… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Bob Irwin you make a lot of assumptions when you go on about the “prohibited person” and “inexperienced” defender. Yes, he is prohibited from PURCHASING a handgun by both federal and state law. I know quite a number of young folks, down toperhaps twelve, that OWN handguns.. in most jurisdictioins they can be supplied lawfully by a parant or guardian. They can’t take them off the property unless accompanied by a qualified adult, but this obviously happened INSIDE the property lines of this dwelling. So under those circumstances the defender is NOT a “prohibited person”. No laws were broken for… Read more »

    willy d
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    willy d

    It should happen more often, saves a boat load of money, decreases over populated prisons, stops endless appeals from inside prison walls to have sentences reduced, should also be buried in a John or Jan Doe unmarked grave!!!!!!!

    Rock
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    Rock

    I’m waiting for the usual “he was such a good boy/guy/son/father…. BULLSHIT, he was a thug, now a dead thug… Justice served, DONE !
    Next…..

    duh duh
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    duh duh

    What ? No democrat holding the intruder’s hand in the house invasion ?

    stringdragon
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    stringdragon

    Wonderful, good for him! this is exactly as it should happen, especially with any case of forced entry.

    Darkman
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    Darkman

    I love it when a story has a happy ending. Especially when it removes another scum bag from the story line.

    Free Helicopter Rides For Commies
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    Free Helicopter Rides For Commies

    The upside is that this young man saved the taxpayers a boatload of money and decreased the violent recidivist rate by ONE.

    JW
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    JW

    Here! Here! Good ending!…