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legal question >> intruder inside the house

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by pong, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. pong


    Sep 26, 2005
    what this the proper procedure in this case

    my friend recently moved to cavite, in the very few months that
    he stayed there, he has experienced a significant threat to his life
    and property

    the first incident was quite simple and not that drastic > > his bike
    got stolen

    the second incident was more intense > > the intruder went inside his
    house while he was inside, slowly creeping and checking out his place,
    good thing he was still awake at that time when the intruder decided
    to open the door to his room. he saw the hand and the shirt of the guy
    as he tried to sneak in. the first thing he did was shout at the guy and
    pick up his FA and cocked it.

    good thing the guy ran away, leaving whatever he tried to take.
    he reported everything to the police and barangay concerned.

    questions >>
    situation 1
    in case the intruder decided to barge in despite the warning
    is my friend legally allowed to fire his gun at the intruder
    can this be already classified as self-defense?

    what is the proper procedure?

    situation 2
    in case the guy runs away, and he fires a warning shot, is there
    a case wherein he will be charged? illegal discharge of FA?

    what is the definition of a warning shot then?

    situation 3: In the event that the intruder decided to attack with
    a bladed weapon, and as a natural instinct of saving one's life, the
    homeowner decides to fire his FA and in the process kills the intruder.
    what case would be filed against him?

    homicide? but will this be then dismissed by the city fiscals
    as a case of self defense.

    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  2. Eye Cutter

    Eye Cutter Moderator

    Nov 21, 2002
    Dr. B. Eye
    i'd put booby traps out for the perp!

  3. glockleo

    glockleo The Law

    Jul 25, 2009
    If the intruder had already fled, I would not fire a warning shot. I would make sure he actually left however while calling police.

    If the intruder charged you in your own house, then you have the right to fire, expecially if he is armed. Even if he does not appeared to be armed at the moment, that does not mean he's not concealing something. Just make sure he is coming at you when you fire so it is clear that you were the intended target. If he was running away and you shot him in the back, it might not look so good. That is the way I see it. Does anyone disagree?
  4. Atomic Punk

    Atomic Punk

    Mar 11, 2008
    as much as i really like the idea of traps for those types. i would bet they would be illegal. even one that could only go off if somebody tried to steal it.
  5. presidingglock


    May 16, 2006
    Situation 1 - Gray area, it could go either way.
    Situation 2 - He could be charged with alarm and scandal.
    Situation 3 - Murder or Homicide as SOP even if complete self defense exists.
  6. jojo_G19


    Oct 2, 2002
    I'll shoot the hell out of the A*#H&^* on all scenario. i would subject my family even to the slightest risk of having a bad guy in my house or even in my backyard.

    but thats just me.
  7. St. Croix

    St. Croix Lock and Load

    Aug 28, 2003
    i'm not a legal expert but if the BG entered one's residence, it could be argued that the BG meant to inflict harm therefore justifiable to react with lethal force.

    however if the bad guy flees and you went after him and shot/killed him, that may be considered homicide.

    if memory serves me right, wasnt there an incident involving Sonny Parsons wherein some perps entered his residence but he was able to drive them away and actually went after some of them. i forgot how that turned out.
  8. atmarcella


    Aug 27, 2004
    shoot... that why we have lawyers. sila na bahala after.
  9. jojo_G19


    Oct 2, 2002

    sonny parsons was at the gun show on the 1st or second day i think, he spoke of that incident and he to that there was no case filed against hin because nadismiss na sa fiscals office plang.

    but we are not sonny parsons:supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

    para saakin, the legalities would be the last thing on my mind those scenarios happen.

    but thats just me.

    sabi nga ni bro atmarcella "shoot... that why we have lawyers. sila na bahala after. " <---- very true.:cool:

  10. glockleo

    glockleo The Law

    Jul 25, 2009
    Are you saying that the home owner would be charged with murder even if self defense was evident? The perp attacked him with a deadly weapon in his own house, he would be justifiable in shooting to kill.

    I might have read something wrong along the way (it happens :whistling:) but that is what I got from it.
  11. Lady Glock

    Lady Glock

    May 4, 2008
    Never fire a warning shot. Fire to stop the threat. Do not pull your firearm unless you intend to use it in self-defense.
  12. presidingglock


    May 16, 2006
    Sir in the Philippines, the public prosecutor will sometimes file the case as a matter of course either for murder or homicide and will just leave it to the judge to determine if the accused is entitled to the claim of self defense. He will just pass the buck so to speak.
  13. It was fortunate that the BG was presumably surprised that your friend was awake, which has stopped the further intrusion. It would be dreadful to think that the BG may have been prepared with a firearm as well or may have been aggressive at attacking your friend which may have resulted in a situation where both of them may have ended up fighting control over a firearm.

    I think it would have been legal to use lethal force most especially if one can prove that one's life was in grave danger.

    My two cents worth, when your friend decides to engage the BG with lethal force, make sure the BG drops to the ground and that all your hits are Alpha in the FRONT torso and not an Alpha at the back. Why not the back, it will be perceived as the BG already running away and therefore extinguishing the threat to your friend's life.
  14. jerrytrini


    Sep 15, 2001
    19th Hole
    Articulate why you did what you did. You were in fear for your safety and the safety of your family. I does not matter if he did not have a weapon. Remember that a fleeing suspect is no longer a threat. The threat is his combative or aggressive behaviour inside your home which you have an expectation of privacy and safety. Just my 2 centime.
  15. Poodle


    Jul 4, 2006
    There are three conditions in invoking self defense here in the Philippines:

    1] The other party is the aggressor.
    2] You are not the aggressor and you did nothing to provoke the aggressor.
    3] The use of a firearm is commensurate to the threat. There is no disparity of force, e.g. a FA against a knife (this would be incomplete self defense). According to my lawyer friend, a long bladed weapon is considered at a par with a firearm.

    These apply even in home invasions. Do not fire warning shots. That is not done anymore.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  16. Allegra


    Mar 16, 2003
    nagwawarning shot ba mga caviteno? nagwawarning shot sa ulo

    2 beses na rin ako the past year na akyat bahay, pero cel fones at kitchen knives lang nawala
    Got a dog, kaso maingay
    Maganda rin motion detectors, kaso ako parati nahuhuli sa madaling araw. Hirap matandaan ng disarm code paglasing
    Finally, got a bluguard. Mura lang kuha ko, kaso nagagalit pag ginigising

    re: your question
    matagal ko na rin yan pinagiisipan
    Kasi on one of our akyat bahay episodes, umuwi ako while they were inside my compound. Buti nalang hindi ako kinarne hehe coz I was wasted
    Sakin the closer ang distansya ng bg, i'd shoot lalo kung more than 1. Wala nang time mag isip kasi. Anyway, handa naman mamatay mga hayop na yun.
    So kung nasa loob ng bahay, shoot na agad.....malamang di ko naman tamaan e haha
    Kung outside trhe house, warning shot at warning shout ( @#$%^ mo!! )
    This may not apply sa Manila
  17. Capt.Barbel

    Capt.Barbel Humanda sila!

    Mar 16, 2006
    barbel ni enteng
  18. atmarcella


    Aug 27, 2004
    sir, magkano kaya ang ganito? saan ka nag score? effective? baka kahit daga mag aa-larm sya....tyvm!

    i concur.
  19. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
    Wouldn't the fact that there was an intruder in the house give you the right to shoot?
  20. Unfortunately, Philippine laws do not allow excessive force to be used even if a BG is already inside the house for as long as there was no threat to any life, then lethal force cannot be justified.

    There are however practicalities in life, which I will leave it to one's imagination.

    Cant remember some known saying = better to be tried by 12 than be carried by 6. Obviously a BG lying on the floor, inside your house with a deadly weapon cannot defend himself in court. The evidences would point to what/ how the situation escalated for one to use lethal force