More Detroit Residents Shooting Home Intruders In Self-Defense


A Detroit man shot and killed two men trying to break into his house, reports the Detroit Free Press. If prosecutors decide the killings were justified it would bring the number of justifiable homicides in Detroit to 10 this year. A police spokesman said residents have a right to defend themselves, saying that Police Chief James Craig and his department, along with the citizens of Detroit, are fed up. “We are sick and tired of being victimized by the criminal element in this city,” said Sgt. Michael Woody. “The citizens are protecting their homes and their property and their families, and they are well within their rights to do that.”

A neighbor where the latest shootings occurred said, “We're just tired, basically. … We're not going to live in fear. People are just doing what they have to do, you know, and just as anybody else, we value our lives, and we'd like to be able to live out our lives in peace.” Not all cases where homeowners have shot at people on their property are considered justified. Theodore Wafer of Dearborn Heights faces murder and manslaughter charges in the November killing of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. Wafer is accused of shooting McBride after she crashed her car and ended up on his front porch. The case has racial overtones because Wafer is white and McBride was black.

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