Ask Joe: Will man who shot "squatters" be charged?

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Updated: 2/24 6:50 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about a recent shooting we covered here on News 4.
Fernando Alhambra wrote in asking if the man who shot two squatters inside his home recently will face charges, and can he legally commit such a crime ?

Answer:
That case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.
  The suspect, who has not been named is accused of shooting two people he has accused of squatting or living in a house that he owns in Sparks.
I checked with Lt. Rocky Triplett at the Sparks Police Department.
He says the way the law is written, you can only use deadly force if a reasonable person would agree that you are in extreme danger yourself.  
  So you can't just walk in and shoot someone because they're living in your home, even if they're there illegally.  However, if the shooter felt his safety was threatened after he confronted the victims, that would be different and that's what police are investigating right now.  Triplett wouldn't say how many times the victims were shot or if they were armed. 
It is still too early to say whether charges will be filed.
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Kramer - 2/26/2014 2:36 PM
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Pls. xcuse, the lyric is 'gal', not 'girl'/"doodley-squat"

Kramer - 2/25/2014 12:49 PM
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"my url is red hot, yer url ain't doodle-y-squat"; haute august knights

Kramer - 2/25/2014 12:48 PM
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they likely were squatting because they are: homeless/clueless/careless about being arrested. If there is more to know, Y not let this take it's natural course? Don't "shoot from the hip". &, get a life, this isn't the Voice nor Dodge City. we need some awareness & responsibility locally, more real and useful information from local government, Waste Management/utilities, and TV talking heads.

oldguy - 2/25/2014 12:28 PM
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Fernando, if it's legal it's not a crime. My questions is, "Why were they squatting on his property?". Not enough has been reported yet to determine if there was a crime or not.
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