A Phoenix homeowner reportedly opened fire on a home invader striking and killing him Sunday morning, according to law enforcement officials. Aires Jordan Holmes, age 31, was pronounced dead by responding Phoenix PD officers at the home near 17th Avenue and Buckeye Road with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to KTAR-FM, Sgt. Robert Scherer said in a press release, "Preliminary information suggests Holmes unlawfully entered the residence at which time there was a confrontation between Holmes and the homeowner. It was during this confrontation that the homeowner shot Holmes."
As reported by AZCentral, the call was received by dispatchers at approximately 7:45 am. AZFamily reported that the homeowner said he shot a man who broke into the house.
The Arizona homeowner was subsequently interviewed by police investigators and then released according to local sources. The case is to be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where a determination will be made whether or not they will be charged.
Arizona's self-defense laws are a robust combination of an expanded 'castle doctrine,' as well as a 'stand your ground,' law.
Under the Arizona law ARS 13-411, "A person is justified in threatening or using both physical force and deadly physical force against another if and to the extent the person reasonably believes that physical force or deadly physical force is immediately necessary to prevent the other's commission of arson of an occupied structure under section 13-1704, burglary in the second or first degree under section 13-1507 or 13-1508, kidnapping under section 13-1304, manslaughter under section 13-1103, second or first degree murder under section 13-1104 or 13-1105, sexual conduct with a minor under section 13-1405, sexual assault under section 13-1406, child molestation under section 13-1410, armed robbery under section 13-1904 or aggravated assault under section 13-1204, subsection A, paragraphs 1 and 2."
Furthermore, under the statute, Arizonans do not have a duty to retreat and are "presumed to be acting reasonably for the purposes of this section if the person is acting to prevent what the person reasonably believes is the imminent or actual commission of any of the offenses listed."
Finally, the 'stand your ground' portion of the law states it includes, "the use or threatened use of physical force or deadly physical force in a person's home, residence, place of business, land the person owns or leases, conveyance of any kind, or any other place in this state where a person has a right to be."This homeowner utilized his Second Amendment right to protect himself from a violent home intruder. Luckily, the state of Arizona has robust laws protecting the right to self-defense.
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