Homeowners using deadly force: Has it gone too far? - KMSP-TV

Homeowners using deadly force against intruders: Has it gone too far?

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DETROIT (WJBK) - In recent months more Detroit homeowners have taken matters into their own hands, shooting suspected intruders on-site and, in some cases, killing them.
 
For example, three cases of homeowners shooting suspected intruders have been reported in the past five weeks.

In early March, a 17-year-old was fatally shot outside a home on Penrod Street. On March 25, a homeowner with a valid concealed weapons license fatally shot two suspected intruders at his home on Dexter. Earlier this week a homeowner shot two suspected intruders, killing a 15-year-old.

In those cases, the homeowners are not facing charges.

Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality believes in self defense but says these "vigilantees" have gone too far.

"Certainly people have a right to defend themselves in their home but they do not have a right to make it a free-fire zone, and the chief, or his spokesperson, should never put that in the minds of people. We must operate not on the basis of fear but on the basis of udnerstanding and how we as a community can come together to stop the violence," he says.

Detroit Assistant Chief says they are not looking for homeowners to take the law into their own hands and become "mini police officers." He says they are looking for witnesses who can help get criminals off the streets.
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