A home intruder was reportedly breaking his way into a family’s Louisville, Kentucky home when he was shot and killed by the homeowner. The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the shooting to be self-defense, since the suspect was in the process of breaking in.
According to Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) spokesman Dwight Mitchell, when police had arrived on scene, the suspect was already dead outside the home. WDRB reported:
“Ultimately, we are still in the very early stages to determine what happened here, but it’s unfortunate to have someone lose their life, ” said Mitchell. “And it’s unfortunate that a homeowner has to take action as they see fit.”
“I’ve been here 23 years and we’ve never had anything like this before,” described Tom Vessels, who lives across the street from the scene. “They’re real nice people. They’ve never caused any trouble.”
A criminal defense attorney for nearly three decades, Bill Butler says if the LMPD investigation ultimately determines the person was trying to break in, it’s unlikely the homeowner will be charged.
“The person has to be attempting entry or has to have made entry into the home,” said Butler. “If they’re just standing on the lawn, thinking about breaking in, the homeowner has no right whatsoever to shoot him.”
This wasn’t the only case the LMPD were working involving a shooting. In another case that the police are still investigating, a woman shot and injured a man who allegedly had a weapon of his own and had attempted to rob her. Like the home intrusion case, this attempted armed robbery case is expected to be ruled as self-defense as well.