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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DA: Homeowner Justified In Shooting, Killing Suspected Burglar

Just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, a Baton Rouge, La., homeowner was startled to find a man armed with a handgun standing in his house. The man, 40-year-old Anthony Gordon Jr., had forced his way inside the home, then confronted the elderly homeowner. A struggle ensued between the two and, fearing for his life, the homeowner fired a shot at Gordon.

Though the shot proved fatal, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the incident would be considered a justified shooting protected under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and that the homeowner would not be charged in conjunction with the incident. 

“If someone is coming onto your property … whether it’s your yard or actually inside your home itself, and they’re armed, you absolutely have the right to defend yourself,” Moore told WAFB 9.