It's difficult to have a civil discussion when one party believes there is never any justified reason for self-defense, and if an innocent person does defends themselves from an attacker, they are a criminal, and the attacker is the innocent one.Definitely another OJ case in the making for the media to feast on, but I don't think he will get off like OJ. I also don't understand why we can't have a civil discussion about it here. After all it deals with the 2nd amendment.
Sounds like a good shoot. A clear case of self defense. I'm curious if the OP sees it the same way.Posted: 02/24/2012
By: Kristin Byrne, newsnet5.com
CLEVELAND - A 78-year-old man said he acted in self-defense Thursday night when he shot a teen trying to break into his Cleveland home.
Ted Ziolkowksi rents the house on the 7400 block of Clement Avenue. He said he was staying there last night because he was making some repairs to his place.
Around 11 p.m. Ziolkowski heard a knock on his back door, but didn't answer. Moments later, he heard someone trying to break in. He said he pushed the door open and shot the intruder.
"I just fired a shot at him. He was standing right there. I just fired one shot and my gun jammed," Ziolkowski said.
Officials told NewsChannel5 the intruder is a 17-year-old boy. Police reports said the teen was shot in his torso and when police responded, a hand gun, a pry bar and a head scarf were laying next him.
He was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center. We are waiting to hear about his current condition.
Ziolkowski said he had to protect his property.
"The police said that I'm lucky I got him because he had a gun on him, and if he would have fired through the door, he would have got me," Ziolkowski said.
True the limited write up may not tell the full story. If he was in the house, the castle doctrine law here in Ohio, would cover cases like this.(I've seen cases where even the front porch was included as part of the home for castle doctrine purposes.) He may have said he was protecting his property, but In his case, it sounds like he was also defending his life. He had a legal right to be there to make repairs, and someone tried to break in. If he is in fear for his life, he is justified to shoot. In cases like this, It is usually best not to give a warning. If they have a gun, their response could be a shot.Sort of a confusing story. It calls the suspect an "intruder," but can be interpreted that he never really entered the home. It could also mean the victim of the crime opened his bedroom door, perhaps, and the suspect was inside the back door of the home. Hard to tell with the limited details in the write-up.
If you want, I guess you can call trying to help a friend attacking a police officer.If you want to play that game then let's remember that Zimmerman is the only one with a documented history of violence even having attacked a police officer.