No charges in self-defense
shooting during home invasion
Wednesday, January 17, 2001
Prosecutors say they don't plan to file charges
in connection with a weekend break-in that ended with deadly gunfire.
Early Sunday morning 21-year-old Tariq
Beaudouin was shot and killed as he was breaking into a house at 41st and Miami.
At the time, 19-year-old Anthony Sims was
arrested for criminal homicide in connection with the shooting.
On Tuesday, the Douglas County Attorney's
office refused to file charges against Sims.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Don Kleine says,
"There's no question of who was the shooter here. The question is was it
justified or not and we don't have any evidence to show that it wasn't justified
at this point."
Kleine says the law is straightforward when a
homeowner shoots an intruder.
It is justified only if the homeowner fears for
his or her life and not if the gun is fired in defense of property.
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