While California makes it unreasonably (and unconstitutionally) difficult to exercise the right to keep and bear arms, lawmakers have yet to completely eradicate the right to self-defense, and we do cover defensive gun uses in the state on a fairly regular basis here at Bearing Arms. The latest? An attempted home invasion in Carmichael, California that was thwarted by an armed and alert resident early Sunday morning.
Deputies responded to reports of a shooting in the 8600 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard at 1:07 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
When they arrived, they found one man shot after he had allegedly fired into an occupied apartment and then tried to break in, said Deputy William Robinson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The occupant of the apartment fired back, hitting the suspect twice.
Deputies applied a tourniquet to the would-be suspect’s wounds until fire personnel arrived and he was rushed to a hospital.
The suspect and the apartment’s occupant were not known to each other prior to the shooting, Robinson said. The occupant of the apartment is not expected to face charges.
The suspect, on the other hand, is likely facing a litany of charges, including attempted burglary, aggravated assault, and perhaps even a few counts of violating one or more of the state’s nearly endless supply of non-violent, possessory offenses as well.
An Ohio armed citizen who also protected himself from a would-be intruder last weekend, on the other hand, is facing charges; not for his act of armed self-defense, but because of the gun he used to fend off his assailant.
Police said they were called to an apartment in the Franklin Crossings complex on Stein Court [in Kent, Ohio] around 11 p.m. A person was found with gunshot wounds to the leg and foot and was taken to the hospital for what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.
An initial investigation showed a resident of the apartment shot at the person as they attempted to come in through a low level window. Police said the two appear to be acquainted and “the location of the burglary was not random.”
As the gun used in the shooting was stolen, the resident, identified as Larry Robinson III, is being charged with receiving stolen property, police said. The intruder, who has not been charged, has not been identified.
In order for Robinson to be convicted, prosecutors are going to have to prove that he knew or had reasonable cause to believe that the pistol he possessed was stolen, which could prove difficult. If the state has evidence to back up the charges, however, Robinson could be in some serious trouble. Possessing a stolen firearm in Ohio is a fourth-degree felony punishable by up to 18 months in prison and/or a $5,000 fine along with a maximum of five years probation after serving any prison sentence that’s handed down.
Even if Robinson is facing charges for possessing a stolen firearm, it sounds like authorities believe at this point that he was justified in using deadly force against the would-be intruder. I’ll be keeping an eye out for updates in both of these defensive gun uses, but I hope for his sake that Robinson has hired a good attorney. Otherwise, what sounds like a legitimate act of self-protection could still end up resulting in an incarceration.