Real Life Evertytown Ad, With Different Results: Utah Woman Shoots and Kills Boyfriend Who Assaulted Her

August 1 2014
by GSL Staff
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A Utah woman is currently being investigated in the shooting death of her boyfriend, identified as Dale Hardinger, 34. The woman has not been identified.

According to police, Hardinger injured the woman to a degree that required treatment at an area hospital. At some point during the incident, the woman shot Hardinger, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police have not released many details and the police investigation has been forwarded to the district attorney’s office to consider any charges against the woman. The police are saying that there is not currently enough information to determine if the woman was criminally responsible for the shooting according to the Salt Lake Tribune. However, based on the fact that she was injured enough to require hospital treatment, and our basic understanding of Utah self defense laws, I can’t imagine she will face charges unless there is some huge piece of information missing from the current reports.

This apparently isn’t the first time the woman has faced abuse at the hands of Hardinger. According to Deseret News,

Court records show that a different woman twice sought protective orders against Hardinger in 2012. In one case, a judge denied the woman’s request. In the other case, the request was granted. That protective order was later dismissed at the woman’s request, according to court records.

The gun used is being described as “legal handgun,” which I guess means it wasn’t stolen since Utah doesn’t have a gun registry (and rightly so!).

Hardinger’s two children were at home during the time of the shooting. They are now staying with relatives.

This is the 11th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Utah and the 1,244th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

As to our headline, in case you weren’t aware, Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown for Gun Safety” release a video earlier this week, depicting an abused woman being shot and killed by her ex who kicked in her door. The ad was meant to be a call for tougher gun laws, but most of the people who have seen the video say it makes the point that women should be armed. Here is the video if you haven’t seen it yet (don’t worry, the video isn’t monetized, which means Everytown won’t get any money for you watching it).

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