Archive for the ‘accident’ Category

Missouri: Homeowner Shoots At Burglars, Hits Friend

March 17, 2009

Oklahoma City, Missouri

From KOcO of March 16, 2009

Homeowner Shoots At Burglars, Hits Friend

A man is in the hospital after he was accidentally shot when his friend tried to shoot two burglars, Oklahoma City police said.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning when two men broke into the house near Northeast 42nd Street and Prospect Avenue, police said. The homeowner heard the burglars, grabbed a gun and allegedly began firing. Instead of hitting the burglars, a bullet hit the homeowner’s friend. The burglars ran away from the house.

The homeowner and his friend got into a car and drove to the hospital. Their trip was delayed when they were pulled over by police for speeding a few blocks away, police said. The victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police do not have a description of the burglars. Charges are not expected to be filed, police said.


Colorado: No Charges to Be Filed Against Colorado Man Who Shot Intruder

January 29, 2009

Colorado Springs, Colorado

From Fox News of January 28, 2009


A Colorado Springs resident will not be charged for fatally shooting an intruder who tried to break into a home that he apparently thought was his, prosecutors said Tuesday.

James Parsons is protected under Colorado’s “Make My Day” law, which allows people to use deadly force in self-defense in their home against intruders, according a statement from the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Parsons shot 22-year-old Sean Kennedy, an assistant golf pro at a Colorado Springs golf course, on Dec. 28. Kennedy had been drinking that night and apparently thought he was breaking into his own house, which was a block away.

Police handed over the case to the district attorney’s office, which determined Parsons had “reasonable belief” that he and his girlfriend were in danger.

Prosecutors said Kennedy broke a window in the back door and was reaching inside to unlock it. Two dogs inside barked persistently as the couple shouted for him to leave. The ordeal lasted more than four minutes.

“A reasonable person in those circumstances would have believed that [Kennedy] was going to do a crime against them or property,” said newly elected District Attorney Dan May, who oversaw the review of the shooting.

Kennedy had been drinking at a Colorado Springs golf course, and his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving in Colorado when he pulled up to the Parsons’ house in his pickup truck, The Gazette newspaper reported.

Friends and family members believe Kennedy thought he had arrived at his own home, which he shared with roommates.

He got out of his pickup and began shouting and beating on Parsons’ door.

“[Kennedy] continued to beat and pound on the door, during which time the resident told his girlfriend to call 911, and he went into the bedroom to get his gun, a revolver,” the DA’s office said.

Kennedy went to the back of the house, forced open a screen door, smashed a window and was reaching to unlock the deadbolt, investigators said. Parsons then shot at him three times.

Two bullets went through Kennedy’s arm and into his torso, May said.

Louisiana: Woman Shot After Being Mistaken For Intruder

November 17, 2008

Keithville, Louisiana

From the ArkLaTex of November 13, 2008

Woman Shot After Being Mistaken For Intruder

A Keithville woman is recovering from a gunshot wound after she was mistaken for an intruder at her home.

Denise Giddens, was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center after being shot in the stomach by her brother, Michael Henderson.

Henderson said he’d been staying with his sister at her residence in the 8300 block of Godfrey Road. Two nights ago, someone tried to break into the residence, and Henderson believed the intruder was looking for him.

Henderson obtained a handgun and was sleeping with the gun last night. When Giddens got up during the night to check the locks on the doors, Henderson heard the noise and fired the shot not knowing the target was his sister.

The case remains under investigation by Sheriff’s Detective Donnie Laney.

Some may object to reporting accidental shootings on a self-defense blog. However, we try to show an accurate sampling of the self-defense shootings that occur on a regular basis across these United States, and the fact that we have seen less then a half-dozen in the past five years is very telling.

– D.B., 11/17/08

Louisiana: Attempted carjacking victim accidentally shoots self

April 4, 2008

Shreveport, Louisiana

From KTBS of April 2, 2008

Attempted carjacking victim accidentally shoots self

A man accidentally shot himself last night after an attempted carjacking. Police were called to the 4400 block of Pines Road around midnight.

The victim was sitting in his car at a gas station when he was approached by two black males wearing all black clothing and black bandanas over their faces.

They produced a silver revolver and demanded the car. The victim refused and produced his own handgun.

He accidentally shot himself in the leg, and the suspects fled the scene. The victim then went inside the gas station and told the clerk what happened.