New gun owner uses firearm on home intruder

As reported on The Blaze, son gives his widowed mother a gun out of fear for her safety. One week later, she uses the firearm after being woken up by an intruder in the middle of the night.

A woman was startled out of her sleep early Thursday morning when she heard what sounded like someone breaking into her home. It turned out to be a robbery suspect who police believe was breaking into neighborhood homes in West Columbus, Ohio.

The woman grabbed her firearm and confront the intruder, eventually firing what would be a fatal shot. The suspect was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital hours later.

The homeowner’s son told WSYX-TV that he had given the gun to his mom, a widow, last week because he was worried about her safety.

West Columbus Police Sgt. Dave Sicilian confirmed to the news station that the “homeowner was awakened and defended herself.”

However, he also reportedly added, “We need to determine if she needed to defend herself and if she took the proper action.”

My first thought after reading this article was what was there to determine? A man broke into a single woman’s home in the middle of the night. Of course she needed to defend herself!

Not to mention, has Sgt. Sicilian not read up on recent laws in his state? Senate Bill 184 that passed in September of 2008 required that the victim of a home invasion had to attempt to retreat before using deadly force and would have to prove that in court. However, Senate Bill 17 was brought into effective 3 years later and made numerous changes to the previous policies, including provisions known as ‘Castle Laws’. Since the Castle Doctrine was brought into effective, homeowners are presumed to have acted in self-defense when using deadly force against someone who has illegal entered their vehicle or place of residence.

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