Montana Homeowner Shoots and Kills Late Night Intruder Who Broke in Through Window

March 20 2014
by GSL Staff
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Stock - gun in handA homeowner in Montana had to use deadly force to defend his home earlier this week.

According to local media reports, a homeowner in Corvallis was woken up around 4am by noises in his home. Fearing someone may have been in his home, the homeowner armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate.

As he was walking through his home, the homeowner encountered an intruder who had just entered the home through a window. The homeowner ordered the man not to move, but the suspect ignored the order.

The homeowner opened fire, striking the intruder. The intruder then fled the through the same window he entered from, but collapses a short distance away. When authorities arrived, they declared the suspect dead on the scene.

The investigation continues, but it at least sounds like the local sheriff is supportive of Second Amendment and self defense rights. According to,

Montana’s “castle doctrine” law allows an individual to use deadly force while in their home – if they have a reasonable apprehension of assault. In 2009, House Bill 228 expanded the circumstances under which deadly force can be used in self-defense.

[Sheriff] Hoffman said it is too early to tell whether the “castle doctrine” will apply in this case.

“First of all, I have no idea yet if the castle doctrine law is germane to this incident,” [Sheriff] Hoffman said. “But my interpretation is a person has every right to protect him or herself in their home if they fear for their life. They are in no obligation to hide out or call 9-1-1. If they are in fear for their life, they have every right to defend themselves or use deadly force.”

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