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.