CT: Armed Neighbor Shoots Abusive Boyfriend After He Beat His Girlfriend Due to Incorrect Food Order

October 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: courant.com Archive: WebCite.org


A neighbor, who also happens to be a gun owner, jumped into action when a young boy came and knocked on his door over the weekend.

The boy came to get help from his neighbor saying that his father, Jose Torres, was beating up his mother. The resident grabbed his gun and went downstairs.

According to the Hartford Courant, this is what happened next:

When the neighbor walked downstairs, he saw Torres’ girlfriend run outside. The neighbor then confronted Torres, who tried to grab the boy, according to police.

The neighbor said he ordered Torres to get on the ground, but Torres charged him, police said. The neighbor then fired his registered handgun.

Torres is being treated for a gunshot wound at an area hospital. He is expected to recover.

Police say the neighbor’s handgun was legally owned and that he cooperated with responding officers.

So, what started this fight that was apparently so bad it required intervention by an armed neighbor? Torres’ food order was incorrect, so he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face over it.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was killed. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

This is only the 5th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Connecticut, but it’s the 1,323rd defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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