It’s bad enough that the janitor in this story was attacked by 3 people with a baseball bat, but now he could face possibly charges for defending his life and shooting his attackers rather then let them continue to pummel him.
According to a Milwaukee newspaper, there were two teens and a 20-year-old involved in the incident which reportedly was captured on cell phone video.
The 39-year-old man accused of shooting the two Wednesday afternoon while he was being beaten with a baseball bat is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail on possible homicide charges.
The shootings were reported about 1 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment building in the 1400 block of N. 27th St.
Police said an argument occurred between the janitor and three people: the teens and a 20-year-old man.
The argument in the apartment stairwell led to a physical altercation, during which the maintenance worker was being held while one of the three beat him with the bat, officials said Wednesday.
The janitor then drew a gun and fired, shooting the two teens, police said.
He was hospitalized for injuries related to the bat-beating and has since been released.
The maintenance worker is now being held in jail on two possible counts of first-degree intentional homicide, according to jail records.
The man who was with the teens is being held in jail on a potential substantial battery charge, Milwaukee police said Thursday.
Neither man had been named by police or charged in court as of Thursday afternoon. The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office was expected to begin reviewing the case Thursday, police said.
Reports have just come out from a local Fox affiliate that explained what the argument was all about.
Investigators say the teens, along with a 20-year-old man, held the maintenance worker down and beat him with a baseball bat.
“Apparently, these people were mad that a friend of theirs was getting evicted. They thought – apparently – that he was the manager,” Braun said.
That’s when police say the maintenance man pulled out a gun and shot the 19-year-old and 17-year-old.
The janitor had a concealed carry permit and legally possessed the gun used in the incident. According to police the incident cannot be considered self-defense until the janitor gives a statement to that effect.
Attorney Alex Flynn isn’t representing the maintenance man in this case, but says based on the facts we’ve heard so far, he believes the man could argue that he fired his weapon in self-defense.
“In all self-defense situations, a person may use that degree of force necessary to repel the force against them,” Flynn said.
Flynn says we may even hear an argument for the Castle Doctrine.
“The Castle Doctrine says you can use force presumptively if it`s your home, car or business. Now, this is where he worked,” Flynn said.
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