Homeowner to potential squatters: “I’m watching you!” - KMSP-TV

Homeowner to potential squatters: “I’m watching you!”

Posted: Updated:
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (myFOXDetroit.com) -

Squatter's beware! One homeowner on Detroit's west side is on the defense. A very clear message is plastered all over the property warning squatters to stay out.

The windows are boarded up, covered with words scribbled with red spray paint. The garage door is even covered with two giant eyes warning, "Don't let me catch you!"

But another sentence written on the garage door is getting neighbor's attention: "I will shoot you."

Many wonder if posting signs instigating gun violence is even legal. Fox 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton says as long as it's on your own property it's fine, but that's all you can do.

"If somebody is living in my house, and someone comes into my house - yes, I can shoot that person. However, if this is a vacant house, and nobody is living there, I can't just go in there to find someone and then go shoot them. No, that would be murder, simple as that," explains Langton.

Wayne County records say the house with the warnings was forfeited last month. All of the homeowner's previous phone numbers and addresses are dead ends, so for now there's no face behind the eyes watching the house.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Police officer

    Benefit for injured Grosse Pointe Police officer

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:24:37 GMT
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
    48-year-old Keith Andersen retired in February from the Grosse Pointe Police Department. On June 21, he was involved in a roll over accident where he suffered a broken neck. As of now Keith has no movement in his the lower half of his body. The Fraternal Order of Police, Grosse Pointe Lodge 102 is holding a fundraiser for Keith on Aug 5th. Amy Lange will have a full report on Fox 2 News at 5:00 p.m.
  • Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Teenager's body discovered in wooded area in Armada

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:37:19 GMT
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
    Police in Armad Township tell Fox 2's Roop Raj that the body of a 14-year-old female teen has been found in a wooded area near a recreational trail in the Macomb County village of Armada.
  • Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Judge rules Warren Evans can stay on the ballot

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:16:52 GMT
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
    A judge ruled Friday, Warren Evans will stay on the August primary ballot for Wayne County Executive.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices