Saturday, September 17, 2005

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Rochester shooting death ruled a homicide - Fosters: "Official stresses ruling does not imply that a crime was committed"

In what appears to be a reasonable use of self-defense, Brian Gaedtke was shot and killed while breaking into a home in New Hampshire.
Assistant Attorney General Peter Odom clarified that the term "homicide" does not imply a crime.

"Homicide is merely one human being shot by another," he said. He went on to explain that a homicide could entail anything from self defense to first-degree murder.
He was killed by one gunshot wound to the chest.

Law in that state allows for the use of deadly force in defense of self or third parties, and it does not require that you retreat if you are in your dwelling or on the land surronding it.

Update September 24, 2005:
AG: Rochester resident justified killing intruder details some of the bizzare behavior Gaedtke exhibited before the shooting. [Hat tip to Commentor "LiveFreeorDie"]

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