Even though the anti-gun activists tell us that you don’t have to worry about criminals breaking into your house in the middle of the night (After all, you have 911, right?), a Montana homeowner was forced to defend himself early Monday morning in his home.
A burglar decided to invade the Ravalli County home just before 4am. The homeowner woke up to the sound of the crook breaking a window while entering the house.
Before going to investigate the strange sound at 4 in the morning, the homeowner made a crucial decision. He grabbed his handgun first.
When he went to investigate he found the intruder climbing through the window that he had just broken.
But when the homeowner ordered the intruder not to move the crook suddenly turned toward him. The resident fired a shot at the intruder, hitting him once, and this caused the intruder to jump back out the broken window and run from the house.
But his getaway was short lived as he was found by police a short distance from the house. When paramedics arrived on the scene they tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Montana’s “castle doctrine” law allows an individual to use deadly force while in their home – if they have a reasonable apprehension of assault. In 2009, House Bill 228 expanded the circumstances under which deadly force can be used in self-defense.
Hoffman said it is too early to tell whether the “castle doctrine” will apply in this case.
“First of all, I have no idea yet if the castle doctrine law is germane to this incident,” Hoffman said. “But my interpretation is a person has every right to protect him or herself in their home if they fear for their life. They are in no obligation to hide out or call 9-1-1. If they are in fear for their life, they have every right to defend themselves or use deadly force.”
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