This one is so obviously a clear cut case of self-defense it’s ridiculous that this guy even has to go to court to defend himself AGAIN.
The Huntington Station man, Youssef Abdel-Gawad, shot and killed 1 of 5 burglars that attempted to break into his house, with at least one armed with a handgun.
Home surveillance video shows the burglar crouching beside his door and then pulling out a handgun. You can then see a flash coming from the burglar’s gun. Abdel-Gawad fired back with his rifle to protect his family. The bullet struck the burglar, who then fled the scene and later on died.
But now Abdel-Gawad man is being charged with manslaughter (that’s New York for ya), and prosecutors are saying since no bullets were found at the scene it’s not clear if the burglar ever really fired a shot.
The video footage clearly shows a flash coming from the burglar’s gun. But even if the home invader never fired a shot, does a homeowner really have to wait to be shot at before he can legally fire back and protect his life and the lives of his family members?
According to Long Island News 12,
Prosecutors say no bullets were recovered at the scene, so it’s unclear if the alleged burglar ever fired a shot into Abdel-Gawad’s home.
At court today in Riverhead, Abdel-Gawad’s tearful mother insisted her son is a good young man who hopes to become a police officer. She says he was just trying to protect his family.
Prosecutors asked that Abdel-Gawad be held on $50,000 bail, but the judge said he could be released without bail if he surrendered his passport and wore a tracking device.
So Abdel-Gawad has to give up his right to privacy if he wants to post bail without forking over 50 grand. And it’s all because he chose to defend his life against an armed criminals trying to break into his home.
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