Sunday, February 24, 2008

Homeowner Stops Suspect Fleeing from Police

MyFox Orlando | Fleeing Suspect Shot By Altamonte Springs Homeowner He was fleeing because he had attempted to sell drugs to an officer in an unmarked car. After he ran away, deputies were discussing the situation.
As deputies were discussing what had occurred, they heard a single gunshot which appeared to come from a nearby home. When the deputies investigated the gunshot, they were met by Realford who said he had been shot by the homeowner. Realford was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later died.

As the deputies were rendering first aid, occupants of the home said Realford had removed the rear screen door to their locked porch and attempted to enter the house through a sliding glass window.
The criminal was told to leave. He didn't leave. The homeowner exercised his rights under the Florida Castle Doctrine.
The Florida "Castle Doctrine" law basically does three things:
One: It establishes, in law, the presumption that a criminal who forcibly enters or intrudes into your home or occupied vehicle is there to cause death or great bodily harm, therefore a person may use any manner of force, including deadly force, against that person.

Two: It removes the "duty to retreat" if you are attacked in any place you have a right to be. You no longer have to turn your back on a criminal and try to run when attacked. Instead, you may stand your ground and fight back, meeting force with force, including deadly force, if you reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to yourself or others.

Three: It provides that persons using force authorized by law shall not be prosecuted for using such force.
Self-defense is a human right, and it is your legal right in Florida.

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