Thursday, June 07, 2007

Self-defense Works

Unicoi man shot, killed after forcible entry into home Someone forces entry into your home, and then pulls a gun on you. What do you do?
Gouge [the homeowner] reacted by knocking Hyder’s gun to the side and drawing his own gun (the one he had put in his pocket on the way to the door).
Gouge reportedly fired his gun at Hyder, with the sheriff stating that he didn’t even have time to aim. The round from Gouge’s .357 magnum caught Hyder in the head. Hyder fell to the floor in the Gouges’ living room.
A .357 magnum to the head is all she wrote for Mr. Hyder. He was dead when police and paramedics arrived on the scene, 13 minutes later.

"The sheriff said Hyder was heavily intoxicated and on medication for his nerves."

However this started, it ended as a tragedy. But the homeowner simply defended himself.
[Unicoi County Sheriff Kent] Harris said all the evidence and facts of the case make sense with their stories and that he doesn’t anticipate charges for them.

“At this point, we believe it to be a justifiable shooting (of) self protection,” he said. “It’s a tragic event either way you look at it, but homeowners definitely have a right to protect (themselves).”
Self-defense is a human right.

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