Monday, March 22, 2010

Armed Bahamas resident shoots violent home invader in self defense: "As I've previously noted, I primarily write about self defense cases in the United States. This is because I’m an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, as the case below from the Bahamas shows, armed self defense saves crime victims all around the world: Police say that a two armed men, who were wanted in connection with a string of burglaries and robberies, began breaking into a home at Assembly Estates around 2:00pm on Saturday. A resident and the intruders saw each other, at which point one of the intruders fired two shots from his handgun, which missed the resident, according to news reports. The resident reportedly grabbed his lawfully owned shotgun and fired in self defense, striking at least one of the home invaders and sending both fleeing. One suspect collapsed nearby and was taken to a hospital in serious condition, while the other suspect escaped and is being sought, according to police."

NH: Felony charges dropped in sword and BB gun case: "Prosecutors on Friday dropped felony charges against a local man accused of wielding a sword and BB gun in a recent dispute, but say they may pursue lesser charges instead. Joseph Lawson, 21, with a last known address of 1941 Berry Road in Knoxville, Tenn., was charged with felony criminal threatening after an incident at 154 Berry River Road on March 6. He was scheduled for a probable cause hearing Friday, but the charge was dropped before the hearing. Assistant County Attorney Matthew Zahn said he reviewed witness statements, and while he believes what they said, it does not appear the incident warranted felony charges. According to court documents, Lawson was in a dispute with several people outdoors when he went inside the home and returned with a sword and a BB gun. While witnesses said he was threatening and challenging people with the weapons, Lawson claimed he needed them for self-defense, according to an affidavit filed in court."

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