A suspected trespasser was shot in Ewa Beach, Hawaii this past Christmas Eve on Dec. 24. Due to the nature of the shooting, information regarding the incident wasn’t released until Dec. 26. KHON Channel 2 in Hawaii published a story about the incident.
Per police, the incident occurred in a gated community on Laaulu St. A 51-years-old resident discovered two men wearing masks on his property. The man told the intruders that he had a firearm. As the masked intruders retreated, the man fired his gun. The bullet hit one of the intruders in the back.
The intruder took himself to a hospital. He is listed as being in stable condition. The man had been detained by police until being released on Dec. 26.
Per Attorney Victor Bakke, in Hawaii you must show that you are in imminent danger before shooting your weapon. Bakke said that doesn’t mean in this case the man wasn’t in imminent danger.
“Absolutely shooting someone in the back can always be open to interpretation. If they were inside the house then it’s clear that they probably will get shot, and that would be justified,” Bakke said.
One of the man’s neighbors, Marcus Rodrigues, was grateful for the actions the man took. Rodrigues said, “It does make me feel more comfortable that we are trying to defend our home and not let them try to come in.”
Police didn’t say whether the man would be charged for firing his weapon.
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