If you break into enough homes, you will eventually find an armed resident.
The shooting happened Saturday night at a home at 559 E. Oak St. in Forest, police said. Two men, one of whom was armed with a .38-caliber pistol, kicked in the door and rushed into the home, police said. The homeowner shot Derrick Thickland, 17, once in the leg and twice in the chest, police said. Thickland was allegedly armed with the gun, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Forest Police Chief Robert Roncali calls this a case of a man "protecting his castle." No charges are expected against the homeowner, though the investigation continues.
The second man, Luis Pedro, ran from the home and Forest police found him a few minutes later hiding across the street, officials said. Pedro admitted to police that he and Thickland had gone to the home to commit armed robbery and when they kicked in the door, they were met with gunfire, police said.
Confronted with an armed intruder, it would be reasonable to see a threat of death or grave bodily injury. Taking out that armed threat is only prudent.
Self-defense is a human right.