New York Resident Charged With Manslaughter For Shooting, Killing 1 of 5 Armed Home Invaders

March 4 2014
by GSL Staff
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iStock_000017129805XSmallOnly in New York. In many other states, Youssef Abdel-Gawad would likely be hailed as a hero for defending himself, his family and his home against a group of armed home invaders. However, in the Empire State, Youssef is being treated as a criminal.

The resident of Huntington Station is facing manslaughter charges after he used a rifle to repel an attack by as many as five armed home invaders.

According to a video at News 12 Long Island, an intruder can clearly be seen firing a gun inside the home after breaking into an exterior door. Youssef used a rifle to return fire and struck the would be home invader, killing him.

However, authorities say no bullet was ever recovered so the intruder may not have ever fired. In many other states an armed person forcing their way into your home would be more than enough justification to use deadly force (please be aware of your state’s individual self defense laws as these vary greatly from state to state).

According to News12, the case again Youssef is moving forward,

At court today in Riverhead, Abdel-Gawad’s tearful mother insisted her son is a good young man who hopes to become a police officer. She says he was just trying to protect his family.

Prosecutors asked that Abdel-Gawad be held on $50,000 bail, but the judge said he could be released without bail if he surrendered his passport and wore a tracking device.

The case will be back in court this week.

This is just another example of what happens to law abiding citizens in a society that tightly restricts gun ownership and self defense. Regardless of the outcome of these legal proceedings, we’re going to go ahead and list this one in our database of defensive gun uses.

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