A 43-year-old father of three has been charged with murder after shooting a rape suspect on his property in New York.
Many are hailing David Carlson has a hero for protecting his family and stopping a rape victim on the loose whom the police were chasing at the time, but because the state of NY does not have a Stand Your Ground law, Carlson has been charged with murder instead of being thanked by the police department.
The accused rapist, Norris Acosta-Sanchez, was on the run from police in Carlson’s community. He was found to be living in an abandoned cabin near Carlson’s home when police raided the cabin and failed to capture the rape suspect, who fled into the nearby woods.
All of the residents in the area were informed of the rapist on the loose and were on high alert. Carlson was aware of the situation as well, and when he saw the rapist on his property, emerging from the woods he did not take any chances. He fires several shots from his shotgun at the suspect and struck him multiple times.
Acosta-Sanchez was pronounced dead following the shooting.
According to another CBS article, at least one eye witness to the crime thinks Carlson is innocent,
Witness Carmine Ferrera spotted Acosta-Sanchez when Carlson already had his gun pointed at him. Because he’s scheduled to testify before a grand jury, Ferrera declined to provide specifics about what he saw, except to say: “I didn’t see a murder happen. That’s as far as I’m going to go.”
But police disagreed and arrested Carlson charging him with second degree murder after a lengthy interview with him.
Bail was originally set to $250,000 but the judge lowered it to $50,000. Carlson is not commenting on the case at this time, probably due to advice from his lawyer.
As mentioned in the video, because NY does not have a Stand Your Ground law residents have a “duty to retreat”, which is a duty that criminals love to see their victims follow. In this case, Carlson’s duty was to protect his family, and we will be watching this case closely, which will probably get no major media coverage at all.
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