(Columbus, GA) – No charges are being filed against a homeowner who shot and killed an intruder in self-defense, thanks to Georgia’s “Castle Doctrine” law.
At around 9:50 p.m. 23-year-old Derrick Cureton attempted to smash his way into a home in the 5300 block of Kingsberry Street only to be met by an armed homeowner who used a firearm to stave off his attack.
“The initial investigation indicates that the homeowner was confronted by an intruder and defended himself,” PD spokesman Lt. Greg Touchberry said.
More than 40 states already have “Castle Doctrine” laws in place. “Castle Doctrine” simply states that a person’s home is their “castle” and that if they reasonably believe that deadly force is needed to protect their home from an intruder or attacker, they may do so.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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