Tallahassee, Florida

From the July 17, 2007 Tallahassee Democrat:

Leon County Sheriff’s deputies have not filed charges against a homeowner who fired shots at burglars Monday afternoon.

The man received a call from his alarm company around 1:45 p.m. that something tripped his alarm; the alarm company also contacted LCSO, said Lt. Rory Robbins. The man arrived at his home on Seasons Lane before deputies did and found a car behind his mobile home. He took the keys out of his car and drew his handgun when he heard a crash. He saw two men running away from the home and shot at them once.

The men split up and the homeowner followed one around his trailer, Robbins said. He took three more shots at the fleeing man, who fell to the ground, but got up and continued running. Deputies think he fell because of the rough terrain, not because he was shot. There was no blood at the scene.

Note: this is a pretty marginal case. I am a little surprised that there were no charges filed against the man who did the shooting. Perhaps because he was outnumbered, or other circumstances that didn’t make it into the article, the sheriff’s office decided that he was engaged in a lawful defensive use.

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