North Carolina home invader shot in self defense
Examiner Eric Puryear
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A 65 year old Hillsborough, NC homeowner opened fire in self defense, after finding 4 intruders in his living room.
Police say that the homeowner, whose name has not been released, was at home when he heard his door being forced open. The homeowner grabbed his pistol and saw three intruders in his living room just after 11:30 PM. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner shot one of the home invaders in self defense, and all of the intruders fled, according to police. 19 year old Jerome Williams, who was shot in the chest but is expected to survive, has been charged with first degree burglary. Also charged are three alleged accomplice, who police arrested nearby. The homeowner was unharmed, and police do not expect that he will face charges for his self defense actions.
Criminals often work in groups, using superior numbers to overwhelm their victims. When that happens, even the strongest unarmed victims can be overpowered by the numerically superior criminals. When the crime victim is an older individual, and the criminals are younger, those multiple criminal have an even greater advantage.
However when that crime victim is armed, things can be quite different. One of the best things about firearms is that they allow a single crime victim to defend themselves against multiple attackers.