Indiana homeowner defends himself against three people who broke into his home

From the Goshen, Indiana news:
Three young men are on trial due to the shooting death of Danzele Johnson. In Elkhart Circuit Court today, jurors heard from the man who pulled the trigger. 
Rodney Scott recounted what happened Oct. 3, 2012, at 1919 Frances Ave., Elkhart. He fired several shots after intruders broke into his home. Johnson, a 21-year-old Goshen resident, was killed. Blake Layman, 17, Elkhart, was shot in the leg. 
Prosecutors say Anthony Perez Sharp Jr., 19, Goshen, Jose Quiroz, 17, and Layman also entered the home while Levi Sparks, 18, Elkhart, served as a lookout outside. The three have been charged with felony murder. Under Indiana law, if someone dies during the commission of a felony, those who were engaged in the underlying felony can be carged in the person’s death. . . . 
“As soon as I sat up on the side of the bed, there was this ‘boom!’ and my whole house just shook,” he said. A second or two later Scott heard the noise again — and then heard it a third time.
“And I said, ‘My goodness,’” Scott recalled. 
Scott told the jury his next-door neighbor’s home had been broken into a week or two prior. He’d picked up his cell phone when he heard the noises in his home. Scott loaded his .9mm handgun — which he testified he’d never fired before — and went downstairs.
Scott walked quietly at first, then ran down the last set of steps to make a lot of noise. Downstairs, he saw someone run from the kitchen. He also saw two people — later determined to be Johnson and Quiroz — in the doorway of the bedroom. 
“You see all these people in your house, you don’t know what’s going to happen to you,” he said. . . .



Blogger lowly said...

I had a home invasion happen to me. It gets your heart pounding, for sure.

8/23/2013 3:35 AM  
Blogger Blaine Holzer said...

I read about a home invasion in the U.K.. (I understand that home invasions used to be quite rare in the U.K. but now, thanks to the gun ban, it's much more common). Anyway, several two bad guys broke into a family's home and tied them up (mom, dad and kids). Somehow, the father was able to get loose and grabbed a cricket bat and hit one of the bad guys in the head allowing the families freedom. As a result, the father wound up in jail (for using excessive force) and the bad guy, after getting out of hospital, actually sued the man's family for his injury. THAT'S how things are slanted in England! THAT'S what the Obama-Feinstein-Bloomberg folks want it to be like HERE!
Molon Labe!

8/23/2013 10:14 AM  

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