Sometimes, it can be hard to tell self-defense from assault or murder. The line between justifiable self-protection and unnecessary violence can be a murky one. And rightfully so – no life should be taken with impunity.
However, that doesn’t mean that someone forced to defend themselves should have to endure the personal and public hardships that come with having to justify themselves to the American justice system.
All too often, law-abiding citizens have to prove their actions are warranted, that successfully fending off their assailant was indeed a last resort.
Luckily, this was not the case for a Detroit woman who was forced to shoot her ex-girlfriend to protect herself and another friend.
The three woman(sic) were arguing in the parking lot when [the aggressor] McDuell allegedly pepper sprayed the suspect, who then went to her car and retrieved a handgun. The argument appeared to have ended when McDuell walked back to her car, got in and drove twice at the suspect and the other woman at a high rate of speed, according to authorities.
After McDuell’s third attempt to drive the two women over with her car, the shooter had no choice but to use her handgun. The county prosecutor’s office agreed.
“The facts of this case clearly show that it was reasonable for the suspect to use deadly force to defend herself and her friend. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office finds that the shooting was justified and the warrant request has been denied,” assistant prosecutor Maria Miller said in a statement.
The shooter is not a criminal. Nor did she allow herself to become a victim. She is a self-defense hero.
We’re always happy to read about the times when the justice system stands behind it’s law-abiding citizens!