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In Oklahoma there is someone currently on trial for killing some guy who was stealing from his store. The problem is he shot the guy several times. First in the head and 5 times in the chest. He is on trial because it was "excessive force".. :blink:
I'm like you shoot to kill. When I was younger I shot my shotgun through our front window at a guy trying to break in.
I hit him in the face and shoulder. Didn't kill him because he was able to run away. The cops came and said to me..."glad you shot him in the house and he fell outside"..
I just said "Yep".
I would attend his funeral. Anyone who breaks into my home is fair game. Everyone must be responsible for their actions...and those actions would be tragic.
I have a door bell outside and anyone is free to use it. When someone smashes my window and enters my property in the middle of the night they better be saying the right thing in a hurry. If I yell I have a gun and they don't immediately change their attitude...
[This is a good example of acting prudently. This is target identification: did the intruder say the right thing-Yes= not a good target at this time=no shoot
- No= good target at this time=shoot
I never meant to leave the impression I advocate that you should attempt to sit down and interview at length the intruder, or to ascertain whether or not he had a deprived childhood. Protect yourself. Protect your family. But having the ability, and utilizing it, to discern a probable threat from a non-threat can save one from going through what a homeowner in Baton Rouge went through after killing a Japanese exchange student in the early 90's. And yes, I do realize we are talking about someone standing within your residence and that the student was killed while in the yard.
Hopefully you live in a jurisdiction that does not require "duty to retreat" from it's citizens, which is a violation of every natural law known to man. If you live in a "red" state you probably don't have much to worry about. If you live in a "blue" state you might want to check.]
It sounds like you're a law enforcement officer in some capacity and I can respect that but as they say "cops are only minutes away when seconds count." If I had teen age children who were not home I would use extra caution but many people have been killed by intruders because they exercised far too much caution. If someone is coming to rob you and has no problem killing you in the process...they already know what they are willing to do and hesitation on your part to defend your family will get you killed.