Around 8:45 am the other day, a man broke into a woman’s bedroom in Clearwater, Florida and she shot him dead, terminating the threat and defending herself from his surely vicious predations. She then called the police, who arrived and found the intruder dead.
The incident, based on the depiction provided by the woman involved, sounds horrifying: she woke up to find the man in her bedroom and he quickly attempted to assault her but she was able to grab a gun and fire at him, killing him and ending the threat.
Or, as the police department put it, “She was able to use that gun to defend herself, and fired one shot which resulted in the death of that intruder.”
She was able to call the police during the assault and before firing, so a 911 dispatcher heard the fight and resulting use of deadly force, bolstering the woman’s depiction of events and self defense claim, with the police department saying that, based on a preliminary report, it looks like a clear case of self-defense and that the woman had legally obtained the firearm.
The man who broke into the house and assaulted the woman, 26-year-old Justin William Wright, was her neighbor, making the attack all the more shocking.
Watch the police talk about the incident and issue an awesome statement on self-defense here:
That police response, one which is very fair and doesn’t attack the woman for using deadly force and terminating the threat, could serve as a warning to other potential criminals out there: if you assault someone in Florida and they shoot you; the police aren’t gonna be on your side.
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That epic response is similar to that given by another Florida police department after a self-defense shooting, albeit one in which the criminal wasn’t shot dead because the law-abiding citizen missed. Speaking on that, the sheriff said:
“If someone breaks unto your house you are more than welcome to shoot them in Santa Rosa County. We prefer that you do, actually.”
“You’re not in trouble. Come see us. We have a gun safety class we put on every other Saturday. If you take that you’ll shoot a lot better and hopefully you’ll save taxpayers money.”
Adding to that, he also said: “If somebody breaks in your house in Santa Rosa County, and you shoot and kill ’em, the chances of them reoffending after that are zero—and we like those odds. In Santa Rosa County, if you break into a house, you roll the dice.”
Watch that here:
Predictably, the libs went crazy after that, with one article saying:
Johnson’s advice is legally accurate, several criminal defense attorneys told NPR. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law lets people use deadly force to prevent a forcible felony — including home invasion. And the intruder doesn’t need to have a weapon. “There is no requirement that they be armed before someone can exercise their right to defend their property,” said Fort Lauderdale attorney Jason Blank, who chairs the Florida Bar’s Criminal Law Section.
But the attorneys were aghast at how brazen Johnson was in seeming to delight in potentially needless death. “I cannot agree with the Sheriff that it is ever preferred to shoot someone,” Blank said by email.
“It’s wildly irresponsible, because it essentially encourages people to use deadly force without giving it more consideration,” said Jude Faccidomo, president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). “There’s often times that somebody is not an imminent threat to you.”
Faccidomo says it was “reckless” for Johnson to make such a proclamation — and to cite the benefit to the taxpayers in “shooting first and asking questions later.”
And it’s not the reasonable Florida homeowners that Faccidomo worries will Johnson’s advice. It’s the “mythical ‘Florida Man’ — who is not known for his common sense,” Faccidomo said. “Sheriff Johnson just turned Santa Rosa into the Wild West. Maybe one less Sheriff’s salary is a better way to save the taxpayers money.“
LOL. Absurd. Good thing the police are far more reasonable and cognizant of what it takes to stop criminals.
This story syndicated with permission from Gen Z Conservative
Featured image: Screen grab, YouTube