Leave it to the Land of the Hanging Chad™ to produce this rather confusing mess.
A Florida man shot and killed a suspected female intruder early Wednesday morning, raising questions about whether the fatal shooting was self-defense or homicide.
Joseph McGuire, 64, of Archer, Florida, fatally shot 26-year-old Latreese Monroe on Wednesday around 2 a.m. after Monroe had kicked in the man’s front door, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.
Sounds cut and dry, right?
Female broke his door in and entered his house by force.
Female also had a lengthy criminal record that included time in prison on nine separate occasions for “aggravated assault, battery, fraud, resisting an officer, suspended license and probation violations…”
What else is there to say? She kicked in his door. She broke into his house. She had a long criminal record.
Hell, I would have shot her dumb ass for that!
Except that it’s never that easy, is it?
According to the article, “Public records show that McGuire has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery.” Maybe it’s the writer’s inability to articulate properly, but I can’t figure out if the journalist meant that McGuire is currently under arrest, as the sentence implies, or whether he has an arrest record. The article earlier states McGuire was at first taken into custody, but later released, and no charges had been filed yet.
Wonder if the author of the piece, S.H. Blannelberry, is a publik skool graduate…
But regardless… McGuire also apparently knew the home invader. Numerous witnesses say she had been to his home on a number of occasions, and that they knew one another well.
Did the fact that Monroe and McGuire knew one another and the fact that she had been to his home entitle her to enter said abode by force? Did McGuire still have a reasonable expectation that whoever entered his house, would do so by invitation only? Was he a criminal in possession of a firearm?
Maybe, and maybe not. It’s unclear, but since police released him without charging him, I would think that even though there was an arrest in his past, he was not charged and not found guilty.
Another thing is clear. This was McGuire’s home, and regardless of whether or not he knew the home invader, it is quite obvious by the fact that she kicked his door in in order to gain entrance to his place, that he didn’t want her there. And since she used force to enter, he had every right to ventilate her.
So, I think this is still self defense, despite the writer’s poor ability to communicate the actual story.