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Homeowner likely won't face charges for shooting intruders

http://www.trib.com
September 26, 2000

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A homeowner who shot several intruders at his home last week probably will not face criminal charges, police said.

Carter Westfall, 63, shot and killed one of the men who forced their way into his home early Friday morning, and wounded at least two others.

Steven A. Trujillo, 18, of Pueblo, was found fatally wounded about two blocks from Westfall's home. The two survivors, Toby Rael, 19, and Thomas Bernal, 22, both of Pueblo, were arrested Friday after they sought treatment at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. They were being held on $10,00 bond for investigation of first-degree burglary and conspiracy.

Police indicated Monday that Westfall was justified in shooting under Colorado law that allows homeowners to use deadly force to defend their homes.

"We don't anticipate any arrest or charges, although that determination is made by the district attorney's office," said Lt. Skip Arms.

Westfall was questioned by police after the shootings. He told police that the men began pounding on his front door shortly before 1 a.m. When he unlocked the deadbolt, they broke a chain lock and pushed their way inside.

The men shoved Westfall to the floor, but Westfall he shot at them with a .32-caliber pistol and the men fled, police said.

Westfall told police he didn't know the intruders, or why they had targeted his house.

"That's kind of a puzzling piece," Arms said. "Somehow they knew about him and the fact that he had some guns, but we haven't been able to piece together what that link is."


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I do believe that where there is a choice only between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. Thus when my eldest son asked me what he should have done had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908 [by an Indian extremist opposed to Gandhi's agreement with Smuts], whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defend me, I told him it was his duty to defend me even by using violence. Hence it was that I took part in the Boer War, the so-called Zulu Rebellion and [World War I]. Hence also do I advocate training in arms for those who believe in the method of violence. I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India, August 11, 1920 from Fischer, Louis ed.,The Essential Gandhi, 1962

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