'Self-Defense' Shooting Death Raises Questions Of Ethics

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, August 21 2012 at 6:27 PM, Updated: Tue, August 21 2012 at 6:43 PM

Monday afternoon a 49 year-old man was shot in the abdomen with a .357 caliber revolver after he allegedly tried forcing himself inside a White City home. Earlier that same man was going door-to-door asking for someone to hide him, saying there were people looking for him. So far, police are ruling this a case of self-defense.


Oregon uses the 'Castle Doctrine' as a guideline to self-defense. I basically says, your home is your castle and that you have the right to defend yourself and others around in a matter of life or death. That's what police are saying happened on Monday when a 66 year-old man shot and killed a stranger for trying to enter his home.

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Oregon University, Prakash Chenjeri says the situation, while tragic in nature, is an opportunity to discuss self-defense laws and it's ethics. "is this the right thing to do? For all of us to do?"

Basically, use of force is justifiable in a range of scenarios without a duty to retreat. Oregon Supreme Court concluded in State of Oregon v. Sandoval

Police haven't commented much about the specifics of the case but did question the man who fired the gun. He was later released.

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