a reply to: corblimeyguvnor
Well, unfortunately it is still the case that at the very least, a resident of a property which is invaded, with the outcome that the invader dies,
will likely as not spend at least some amount of time inside of a cell at the police station closest to them, with the appropriate facilities (not all
police stations actually have a lock up).
This is procedural, and upon coming to the conclusion that an armed invader died in commission of an offence, and assuming the force used is
considered reasonable when compared with the threat it counters, the resident will be released. However, in situations where for some reason the
authorities do not agree with common sense (which states that any intruder is a threat beyond imagining, meaning that everything up to and including
decapitating the offender and staking their head out on your lawn is appropriate as a response), and believe that the force used was disproportionate
when compared with the threat posed, this results in a trial, to determine in court the ins and the outs of the case, and whether or not either a
manslaughter or murder has occurred.
Reasonable people would probably come down on the side of "If you break into someones house, the resident is not under any obligation to assess the
threat in specific terms, before responding with the maximum force available to them, so as to totally overwhelm and suppress the threat in such a
manner that it immediately reduces to less than zero". The law is not quite so reasonable however, meaning that there are unnecessary limitations
placed upon residents in the event of such an invasion.
However, as with all things, it is far better to act first and deal with the fallout, than ask permission and be denied, especially since in such an
instance there is more on the line normally speaking, than mere compliance with law. Again, I personally believe that a resident should be under no
obligation to consider the condition, armament level, or specific threat posed by an intruder, and therefore treat all violation of the sanctity of
their home as a threat of the most extreme nature from the outset of any engagement with that scenario.
I am, for all that, a person who desires and appreciates peace. Denied that peace however, and in defence of it, there is no law or authority on this
planet that could influence my response, lessen its impact in the slightest.