A man in Alexandria, Louisiana was shot and killed after he allegedly attempted to break into a home early Saturday morning.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m. EST, the Alexandria Police Department received a report that Deon Dominique Hammond, 26, had banged on the door of a residence in the Chester Street area and demanded to be let in.
According to a statement posted to Facebook, The Alexandria Police Department said that when the resident emerged from the home and asked Hammond to leave the property, Hammond instead rushed toward the resident, chasing them. The resident of the home then fired at Hammond, striking and fatally wounding him.
“At this time, APD is considering the shooting to be justified, with no charges filed against the resident,” the police wrote.
Under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:20 §20, “A homicide is justifiable: When committed in self-defense by one who reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the killing is necessary to save himself from that danger.”
The Louisiana law further explains, “When committed for the purpose of preventing a violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or of great bodily harm by one who reasonably believes that such an offense is about to be committed and that such action is necessary for its prevention. The circumstances must be sufficient to excite the fear of a reasonable person that there would be serious danger to his own life or person if he attempted to prevent the felony without the killing.”
Adding, “When committed by a person lawfully inside a dwelling, a place of business, or a motor vehicle as defined in R.S. 32:1(40) when the conflict began, against a person who is attempting to make an unlawful entry into the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle, or who has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle, and the person committing the homicide reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the entry or to compel the intruder to leave the dwelling, place of business, or motor vehicle.”
The DC Enquirer reached out to the Alexandria Police Department requesting additional information. No reply was received by press time.