Yesterday, March 22, 2013, two teenagers decided to break into a home in Elm City, North Carolina, around 10:43 a.m. What they didn’t realize was that this would cost them dearly.
The homeowner, a female of an unknown age, was hiding in the closet when 18-year-old Christopher Devonte Joseph approached her. The local ABC news report stated that’s when the owner fired her gun and shot the 18-year-old. Both suspects fled the scene, but Christopher was found 300 feet from the home and I imagine it’s because he was badly wounded.
“The other suspect, 16-year-old Michael Daquarius Bynum, fled into a wooded area and was eventually located and arrested. He’s being held on a $25,000 bond.”
At the end of the news story, I read that the homeowner “would not face any charges.” Now as “no duh” as it may seem that she would not face charges, this woman could have very well been sued and even spent some prison time for defending her life.
Like in the case of 90-year-old San Francisco resident Jay Leone. Mr. Leone’s attacker, Samuel Cutrufelli who shot Leone in the face after breaking into his home, sued the 90-year-old for “negligently shooting him”.
Or in the case of Dennis Fleming, 61-year-old New Hampshire resident, who fired a warning shot to hold up a burglar. Fleming was arrested with the burglar and faced the same prison time (7 years) as the man who broke into his home and his neighbor’s home.
I applaud North Carolina’s law enforcement for upholding this woman’s constitutional right to defend her life and home. It is a shame that we have come to a time in history where we applaud the obvious.