New York: Hero Father Charged With Murder for Shooting Rape Suspect
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A New York man, David Carlson, a 43 year old father of three, spent a week jail in New York after being charged with murder.
Carlson’s ordeal started when Norris Acosta-Sanchez, an accused rapist, was found to be living in an abandoned cabin near Carlson’s home.
A heavily armed police presence raided the cabin, but failed to capture Acosta-Sanchez, allowing him to escape into the nearby woods.
Residents were aware of the rape suspect on the loose in their neighborhood and were on high alert.
When Acosta-Sanchez emerged from the woods on Carlson’s property, the father of three wasn’t taking any chances. He fired several shots from his shotgun at Acosta-Sanchez, striking him multiple times.
Acosta-Sanchez was pronounced dead following the shooting.
Carlson found himself charged with second degree murder after speaking with police during a lengthy interview.
A week later, after his bail was finally set at $50,000 he was allowed to return home to his family.
According to CBS,
“I feel good. I’m glad I got decent bail and glad to be back to my family,” Carlson said, adding when asked if he was shocked by the arrest, “I’m not going to comment on that now.”
According to another CBS article, at least one eye witness to the crime thinks Carlson is innocent,
Witness Carmine Ferrera spotted Acosta-Sanchez when Carlson already had his gun pointed at him. Because he’s scheduled to testify before a grand jury, Ferrera declined to provide specifics about what he saw, except to say: “I didn’t see a murder happen. That’s as far as I’m going to go.
New York has no stand your ground law, as many states do, even on your own property there is a duty to retreat before using deadly force to defend yourself.