Yesterday, we reported on the incident where a Philadelphia man shot at a carjacker and killed him. Some new details have emerged since. It wound up being three suspects, not just one. Now friends and family are demanding that the shooter be charged.
“He did not have to come out and shoot him. It was a car! All he had to do is call the police. … You don’t shoot someone out in the street over a car” said one longtime friend via NEW YORK POST.
His widow said, “How could it be a carjacking when no one was in the car? They shot him. They killed him.”
Now we all see stories where the deceased suspect’s family responds, saying, “He was a nice boy and would never do something like that.” Or something along those lines. And the suspect in this incident would indeed still be alive today if he didn’t attempt to steal this vehicle which is obviously against the law.
But this could turn out to be bad for the vehicle owner who shot the suspect. As far as I am aware, and I am not a lawyer, you cannot use a firearm to protect property in Pennsylvania. So if the shooter is charged, he will have to prove that his or someone else’s life was in danger.
Again, we don’t know all the details, and I am not a lawyer. But this is the EXACT reason why we stress the fact that you shouldn’t use your firearm to protect property. We always get comments about letting them get away or being cowardly. Well, I’d much rather be called a coward than be facing charges for killing a criminal that was stealing my car. And that’s just my 2 cents.