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Philadelphia homeowner shoots and kills an intruder, 2nd escaped

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PMB, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. PMB

    PMB Vancouver, Washington Active Member

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    My wife found this while reading the news today.

    Philadelphia homeowner shoots, kills intruder during home invasion | Fox News

    The part that jumped out to me was this part: Heng is not expected to face charges in the case due to Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine, which permits people to defend their property.

    The state permits people to defend their property.

    No mention that there were 2 young children sleeping in the home, and that he is 63 years old facing two men who likely entered by climbing into a 2nd story bathroom window.

    Good job Mr Heng.
     
  2. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    The reporter misspoke. The castle doctrine is not about defending one's property. Per Wikipedia, it is a "legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances use force, up to and including deadly force, to defend against an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution."

    Wikipedia also indicates "the actor reasonably fears imminent peril of death or serious bodily harm to himself or another".

    I totally concur.
     
  3. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I wish the State of WA had a true castle doctrine rather than codified in previous cases.
     
  4. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    The OP PM'ed me this message. I think it is worth adding it to the thread because it adds to discussion.

    I agree with everything you say. It may be a gross error by the reporter. But he could very well be a biased, and with an agenda to push for a repeal of the Castle Doctrine in his state. The Zimmerman case probably has to do with this.