Thursday, September 29, 2011

Even in Illinois, You Can Meet an Armed Homeowner

If you choose to break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Home intruder shot to death in Chicago Heights - Chicago Sun-Times
Harris’ neighbor told police that shortly before 8 a.m., he was in his bathroom when he heard a noise coming from his kitchen that sounded like breaking glass.

The homeowner retrieved a gun from his bedroom and went into the kitchen, where he said he saw a man crouching next to a table. The retired bus driver fired several shots at the man, who then jumped out of a window and collapsed in the backyard, police said.

Police later found Hall, of Chicago Heights, unresponsive and lying on the grass in the backyard. Hall was taken to St. James Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office said Hall had been shot multiple times.
No charges - yet - in the shooting. (In Illinois, they will prosecute self-defense. You aren't relying on the state for everything!) But it seems unlikely that prosecutors will try to argue that a guy who needs oxygen to breath could have run away, or used something besides a firearm to defend himself. (You have to understand, it isn't about Justice, it is about winning.)

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