A trio of young thugs attempted to rob three men moving furniture into a condo in Aurora, Colorado Friday night. Two of the men accosted handed over their wallets. The third pulled his legally-concealed weapon and opened fire, hitting all three suspects:
One robbery suspect died on the way to the hospital. A second robbery suspect suffered serious injuries. A third fled, but walked into to Aurora South Medical Center where he was arrested.
The shooter had a concealed to carry weapons permit and put the gun down when he saw officers arriving.
Brauchler says Colorado’s self-defense law allows the use of deadly force.
“If you have a weapon on you and you are placed in imminent fear of serious bodily injury or death, you are entitled to defend yourself,” Brauchler said.
Brauchler noted it’s not a case of Make My Day because the shooting didn’t happen inside a residence.
“This is straight up regular common sense and statutorily codified self-defense,” he said.
All three suspects were shot as they stood in a 10′ x 6′ space between two doors.
Though the robbers have been described as “young people,” which is typically reserved for teens, the identities of the young men and their exact ages have not been discovered Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said that they are looking for help in ascertaining who the three suspects are. The dead criminal obviously cannot speak, and the two surviving criminals either can’t speak, or think that by remaining silent they are somehow helping themselves.
Colorado Revised Statute § 18-3-102 is the state’s implementation of the felony murder rule, meaning that the two injured criminals can face first degree murder charges for the death of their compatriot.