A thug swiftly reached the end of the road after trying to break into the home of an armed citizen who was ready and willing to exercise his Second Amendment right to defend himself.
When the intruder tried to illegally enter the home in Baltimore County, Maryland, he was taught a fatal lesson by the homeowner who immediately shot him dead.
On Saturday, Baltimore County police said they were called to the 1000 block of Middlesex Road in the unincorporated community of Essex.
Officers were responding to reports of a shooting at about 9:45 p.m.
When they arrived, they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds.
He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Investigators said that the man was trying to break into the home and was shot dead by the homeowner.
The homeowner is not facing charges yet, but the shooting is under investigation.
However, if the story is accurate, then the homeowner didn’t break any laws.
Maryland trial attorney Randolph Rice told WBAL-TV that the state doesn’t have a “Castle Doctrine.”
Nevertheless, homeowners have a constitutionally protected legal right to self-defense if they feel threatened.
“What the courts have established and what the legislature has established is that there is a self-defense with deadly force defense when it comes to your home,” Rice explained.
“If the homeowner believed that somebody was coming in the house and posing that threat, maybe with another weapon or some other device, or maybe just knowing that this person was a dangerous individual that could or has caused harm in the past, then yes, the homeowner could use that deadly force to protect themselves.”
One resident in the neighborhood, who wished to remain anonymous, said she heard the gunshots but thought they were firecrackers.
“I have been living here for 56 years, and it has changed within five years,” she said.
“It’s gone straight down the hill.
“The problems that’s going on is chasing everybody away.
“And i think it’s time somebody does something to help us older people because I don’t feel safe at all, nowhere.”
Essex is located in the central part of the state with a population of about 40,000 people.