Once again California leads the nation in taking away rights from citizens and backing up those of lawbreakers by prosecuting a man who killed an intruder inside his home. The home invader was attacking his son when the apartment renter fired several deadly shots at the intruder. Now, police say it was murder and not justifiable homicide.
The incident occurred at 3 AM at an apartment complex in Ontario, California. Thomas Gilbert Manzano, 24, was illegally squatting in an open apartment in the complex and, it is claimed, got lost when returning to the stolen space. He ended up pounding on the door of man who remains unidentified to protect his safety.
The neighboring apartment renter told Manzano to go away but the young man was drunk and belligerent. After being shooed away he broke into the bed room of the renter’s apartment and began to attack the renter’s son who was sleeping there.
The renter grabbed his gun, ran to his son’s bedroom where the intruder was attacking and fired the three shots that killed Manzano.
In a sane state, the shooting would be immediately pronounced justified. Manzano had broken into another person’s home and began to physically assault the residents there. Accompanying some stories in the California media a photo that looks like a police mugshot has been included, so it is likely that Manzano has a criminal history.
But California is not America, apparently. It is the attacked renter that is now under suspicion of “murder” with cops claiming that the shooting was unjustified.
Naturally, the news took up the side of the family of the attacker with one self-interested family member saying that just having a registered gun doesn’t give a person a license to kill. Well, here is an idea, breaking into someone’s home in the middle of the night doesn’t give such a lawbreaker the right to expect he should be able to remain on the green side of the grass, either?
Remember, this guy was already breaking the law by illegally squatting in a vacant apartment.
Meanwhile, you should learn a bit about the Castle Doctrine and find out if your state has the sort of laws that will protect you instead of protecting the criminals.
So, what do you think. Is this justifiable homicide?