Bob Irwin highlights the latest self-defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self-defense with a gun.
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.
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.