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Published: Thursday, Jan. 31 2013 10:00 p.m. MST

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airnaut
Everett, 00

Did the home owner feel like his life was in anyway in danger?

Was this an act of self-defense, or was the home onwer just angry, grabbed a gun, and shot at people?

There is protocol for shotting people.

The home owner can be held liable if he fired when not absolutely necessary.

joseywales
Park City, UT

MMmmm...man comes out of my house toward me with a prybar (could easily kill you with a blow to the head) yuuup! I will fire on him. How do I know he didn't just hurt someone in my home? Sorry, it's HIS (robber) fault for doing what he did, I'm not waiting for him to hit me with that prybar. Police officers fire on suspects all the time for less than what this guy did, how would they expect any less of the general public?

thunderbolt7
DUTCH JOHN, UT

If the burglar was approaching you (within 20') with a pry-bar, a weapon, shooting is justified. Just make sure the bullet entry is not in the back ... that would not look good.

Jefferson
Kalispell, MT

Protocol for shooting people: see criminal on your property, aim, fire. Probably good for the homeowner that "aim" wasn't too good, but I will lay you odds that a bullet will do more to rehabilitate a burglar than the usual probation and suspended sentance ever does.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Fired twice. Missed twice.

And some folks want people like this to pack guns in schools so they can shoot at bad guys.

Duck, kids!

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Did i miss something in this story? When did it say he was comeing out of the house? and when did it say he made any move to attack the home owner? And did it not say the home owner had plenty of time to get back in his car to get his gun? So is this a Utah thing to shoot at some one when the life is not in danger and the police to say good job and go on about your busness? (And no they did not say that but hey i can tell it just like the rest of you.)

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Prybar in hand? No brainer. The home owner needs a little more practice. I recommed a police stress course. The pucker factor must have been extremely high.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

If guns don't kill people, people kill people...

why do people need guns?

Also, FYI? Three shots, one injury...

means there could have been three dead kids in this story.

MajMarine
Salt Lake City, UT

First, my good friend Pagan--

You come home, find a strange car in your driveway with two occupants and a man coming out of your house with a pry bar. I can hear you now: "Hey, you crazy kids. Get off my lawn before I call the cops. And don't come back! I mean it!" or words to that effect.

Yeah, sure.

Second--

Also ,FYI? Three shots, ONE injury...

Yep, Let's restrict magazines to only ten rounds. In this case there were three people that could have posed harm to the homeowner. Since you like to deal in hypotheticals, let's just hypothesize on what could have happened with only a 10-round magazine and those three decide to take on the homeowner. And we find the HOMEOWNER dead.

And, since there weren't any kids in this story, it means there couldn't have been three dead kids.

Maybe--just maybe--we give the homeowner some credit for knowing what he was shooting at and what was behind his intended target. Like every CCW owner is taught. BTW--any idea how many trained LEO's miss when shooting at a suspect?

one old man
Ogden, UT

"Like every CCW owner is taught.??????????????"

Maybe in the Marines, but not necessarily in Utah CCW classes.

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