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The thing that I find interesting is-this is a very low crime area. One of the day shift officers used to spend a couple hours a day in a nearby barber shop-because, well, there was nothing to do.

COLLEGEVILLE, PA — No charges will be filed in the shooting death of an intruder inside a Collegeville home in February, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. The shooting has been determined to be "justified," authorities said.

The incident occurred back on Feb. 16 at around 11:30 p.m. inside a home on the unit block of E. 3rd Avenue.

Robert F. Pollock, 55, of Schwenksville, had consumed both alcohol and drugs before breaking into the home, a toxicology report later showed. It remains unclear if this was a random act, or what circumstances led Pollock into the home.
Pollock, armed with a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver, moved to the base of the stairway after breaking in, police said.


At that point he was confronted by a man who lived inside the home. Pollock immediately pointed his gun at the resident, and then pointed it at another resident in the home, a woman, according to authorities.

The resident shot several rounds at Pollock, and he was found dead at the bottom of the stairs by first responders.

Because the resident was in "immediate danger of death or serious bodily injury," the shooting was considered justified, the DA's Office determined.

As no charges were filed, the shooter was not identified.
 

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If both you and your wife come to the top of the stairs where he can point a gun at you, your plan has room for improvement.
 

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Whether I have a gun or not I try to always have a plan. I think they call that situational awareness. Look around your space, think about what could happen & what you can & can not do. Even for those carrying little pocket guns, the tiny gun may allow you only one option at that moment.
 

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If both you and your wife come to the top of the stairs where he can point a gun at you, your plan has room for improvement.
Ye Bren...it is a corridor of fire. I think all of us here know that. And if you read carefully the article does not even specify where the defender was-it simply says the invader went down at the base of the stairs.

But this guy stopped a real threat-permanently-in the course of a clearly high stress situation. Much better than the lady being gunned down while he is on the phone, or struggling to load a pistol with fumble thumbs or manning his barricaded room and listening to people die.
No one innocent was hurt. The home invader was defeated, in a manner that led to the resident being cleared by the DA.
Much harder to do that then sit at a keyboard and criticize.
 

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One element in most any real or imagine ‘self defense’ or protection scenario is that one’s brain needs to be ahead of any use of force or gunfire. Yes I realize events happen in seconds, that’s why thinking ahead is important.

Look at the many events pontificated in various threads. In seconds, one’s life is turned upside down.

Of course, in your home, armed intruder, likely a record, fire away.
 

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I don’t think it’s much of a conundrum. You damn sure better have ready access to a firearm on every level of your home. If you’re downstairs and some home invaders kick your front door open, somehow finding the time to run upstairs and fetch your reliable wheelgun doesn’t seem to likely. That’s how I roll. That’s my plan.
 

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The thing that I find interesting is-this is a very low crime area. One of the day shift officers used to spend a couple hours a day in a nearby barber shop-because, well, there was nothing to do.

COLLEGEVILLE, PA — No charges will be filed in the shooting death of an intruder inside a Collegeville home in February, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday. The shooting has been determined to be "justified," authorities said.

The incident occurred back on Feb. 16 at around 11:30 p.m. inside a home on the unit block of E. 3rd Avenue.

Robert F. Pollock, 55, of Schwenksville, had consumed both alcohol and drugs before breaking into the home, a toxicology report later showed. It remains unclear if this was a random act, or what circumstances led Pollock into the home.
Pollock, armed with a Smith and Wesson .357 revolver, moved to the base of the stairway after breaking in, police said.


At that point he was confronted by a man who lived inside the home. Pollock immediately pointed his gun at the resident, and then pointed it at another resident in the home, a woman, according to authorities.

The resident shot several rounds at Pollock, and he was found dead at the bottom of the stairs by first responders.

Because the resident was in "immediate danger of death or serious bodily injury," the shooting was considered justified, the DA's Office determined.

As no charges were filed, the shooter was not identified.
Former prosecutor here. This a classic case of justifiable homicide. Even the People’s Republic of New York where I live provides this defense in Article 35 of the Penal Law. There is no duty to retreat. Case closed.
 

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I do not disagree with having a firearm readily available. That said, have some decent doors, door jambs and preferably some sort of security inspired "storm door".
 

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Former prosecutor here. This a classic case of justifiable homicide. Even the People’s Republic of New York where I live provides this defense in Article 35 of the Penal Law. There is no duty to retreat. Case closed.
Sadly in MN you have to retreat if you can.
 
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