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Home invasion shooting

Discussion in 'Legal' started by DontBurnMyFlag, Jan 12, 2006.

  1. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag Active Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    Hey everyone,

    There have been a lot of posts lately dealing with certain situations and "what-if" scenarios about home defense shootings. What I want to know doesnt include any certain situation or scenario. I just want to what to expect in means of police response, procedure, weapons confiscation, jail time and everything else. I hope I never find myself in a situation where I need to use old mossy by the bed, however Im just curious what steps are taken after you defend your house in a shooting.

    Do the police arrest you outright?
    Are your weapons confiscated?
    Should you have an attorney handy?
    Does a ballistics crew inspect the scene to make sure it wasnt a murder?
    Can the family of the victim sue you?

    Rather than get information on one particular situation I thought I would cover all the bases to gain knowledge on the subject. Thanks for any information in advance.
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I think all that depends where you are. In a few states, if you shoot it out with home invaders, you may end up in prison; in most, you'll end up back home, but how quickly and easily would most probably depend on your local law enforcement agency.

    Expect surprises.
  3. neoncowboy

    neoncowboy Active Member

    Jul 11, 2004
    land of cotton
    In 21st century America (unfortunately) anybody can sue anyone else anytime for anything.
  4. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Based on Las Vegas CCW class info...

    Do the police arrest you outright? Probably not unless something in your story doesn't jive. A statement might suffice once your attorney is involved. LEO's will probably want to take you downtown for questioning. You might want to let your nerves settle before you say the wrong things.

    Are your weapons confiscated? Evidence used in a homicide or shooting at the very least. DA's office might allow return... at a later date. Have a backup.

    Should you have an attorney handy? Certainly. Call 911 and report H.I. & subsequent shooting, then call attorney. A good rule: Don't scrimp on your gun, ammo or attorney.

    Does a ballistics crew inspect the scene to make sure it wasnt a murder? Don't know about ballistics but someone will certainly go over scene of shooting with fine tooth comb.

    Can the family of the victim sue you? OF COURSE! Expect it. Plan on it. Or you could always get a jump on them and sue them for some reason or another... if you really want to prolong your angst and your attorney's life style.

    You might want to take a CCW class to learn answers to all these questions and more, even if you do not apply for your permit.

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