An Alabama homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar while defending his property on Tuesday night. It is merely the latest instance of a gun owner using a firearm to combat a criminal, which TheBlaze has reported on extensively.
The gun owner dropped the home intruder with just one shot from his shotgun, according to police. Investigators do not expect any charges to be filed against the homeowner as it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense.
Police responded to a call about a gunshot victim in Albertville, Ala. just before 9 p.m. Tuesday. Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith told WHNT-TV that the homeowner made the 911 call to report the shooting.
“We are in the early stages of the investigation, but right now we’re treating it as a burglary and the homeowner defending his property,” Smith said, adding that “Your home is your castle, you can only retreat so far as your home.”
He continued: “I’m sure at the time he felt he was in danger so he took what action he thought he needed to take at the time to protect himself… You can back away from anything but home is as far backwards as you can go. At what point do you leave your house to let them have it?”
“If that’s even a question,” Smith added, “and in my mind, it wouldn’t be.”
The assistant police chief went on to say he is a “supporter of the Second Amendment” and defended residents’ right to “do what you’ve got to do and…use what tools are necessary.”
Due to protocol, the case will still be presented to the Grand Jury but police don’t expect and indictment.
“Police have not released the intruder’s identity as they are working to locate and inform his family, but Smith said police are familiar with the burglar from previous investigations,” WHNT-TV reports.
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