When five people attempt to invade your home, and the first one in the door pulls a pistol and apparently fires a shot, what should you do?
Most sane people would attempt to defend themselves with their own firearms, but Suffolk County, NY prosecutors are now charging a man with manslaughter for doing just that:
A Huntington Station man has been indicted on manslaughter charges for shooting an alleged home burglar who later died, but his attorney says it’s a clear case of self-defense.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad says a man with a gun was attempting to break into his Huntington Station home back in August. His family shared surveillance video of the incident with News 12 Long Island, and in it, the alleged burglar is seen trying to enter a door. The burglar then pulls out a gun, and a flash is seen that appears to be the burglar firing a shot into the home.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad’s attorney says he came to the door with a rifle and returned fire at the burglar and his alleged accomplices, striking one of them. The accomplice later died.
Watch the video at the link, and you’ll see what appears to be a flash that coincides with the home invader sticking the barrel of his pistol into the home. While their is no audio, a rational person would deduce that the home invader is firing a shot, which was answered by family members that drove off the criminals with their own firearms.
The prosecution is claiming that they couldn’t find a bullet embedded anywhere in the home to match the criminal’s apparent shot. Frankly, it’s irrelevant. As soon as the criminal displayed a weapon as he was attempting to break into the home, he justified the use of deadly force to repel his attack. It does not matter if the firearm fired a shot, or if the gun was even an airsoft gun.
Abdel-Gawad was forced into a situation where he had to defend his family with firearms by the actions of the criminal.
If anyone should be charged with manslaughter, it should be the criminal that displayed the firearm while attempting the home invasion, and no one else.
Update: Maybe this explains the charges.
As Bryant and his four companions ran away from the scene, authorities said Abdelgawad ran after them and fired twice at the group, killing Bryant with gun shot wounds to his back and the back of his neck.