A woman in Tucson, Arizona, was forced by circumstances to take matters into her own hands and fight back against a registered sex offender who attempted to break into her home. Acting quickly to protect herself and her property, the woman shot and killed him when he tried entering.
That occurred at about 2 in the afternoon on Friday, August 11th, near Garvey and Pyle Roads in Tucson. According to local law enforcement, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, the woman is 54 years old and the attempted home invader and registered sex offender was 42 at the time of his death,
In any case, on that fateful Friday, the 42-year-old, Jayson Magrum, allegedly tried to break into the woman’s home in the mid-afternoon. Unfortunately for him, the unnamed woman was home and saw what was going on, So, she accosted the home invader and demanded that he leave, though he refused to do so,
So, acting quickly before it was too late, the woman grabbed her handgun and threatened Magrum with it, That didn’t work, as he continued to try to access the home despite her yelling at him to leave and brandishing the firearm.
She then escalated things yet further in an attempt to push the robber to leave without killing him, firing a warning shot out the window. Investigators said, “The female armed herself with a handgun and fired a shot out of a window to attempt to scare the male away.”
But even that proved too little to force Magrum away. He continued to advance, reaching into the home and trying to grab the woman’s firearm from her. So, pushed to the end of her rope, the woman opened fire on Margum, striking him.
Magrum then retreated from the home and toward the driveway, where he collapsed on the ground. Margrum then died on the ground where he had fallen. The woman whose home was attacked was uninjured during the terrifying altercation and she has not been arrested for the shooting.
Arizona self-defense law is somewhat permissive, with deadly force not being allowed to protect property but, in the case of it being used to defend against bodily harm, the state has generally permissive Castle and Stand Your Ground Laws.
A law firm in the state, describing what is allowed by its self-defense statutes, said, “Under both the Castle Doctrine laws and the Stand Your Ground principles in Arizona, you are allowed to use reasonable force in proportion to the threat against you when it is immediately necessary to protect yourself or others from possible deadly force. However, deadly force is not considered justified simply to stop vandalism, theft or other property crimes.”
The Castle Law is here more relevant, as the incident occurred in the woman’s home. Describing it, the law firm said, “For the purposes of protecting yourself, your family, and your home, Arizona is considered a “Castle Doctrine” state, and you are allowed to “stand your ground.” Castle Doctrine laws are based on the idea that you have the right to be safe in your own home—your “castle”—and you are under no obligation to retreat from your home to stay safe. You also have the right to use force to protect yourself, your family, and your property.“
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