What Just Happened Here?

Browsing through today’s PennLive, counted not one, not two, not three, but seven (and a half) crime stories pertaining to Harrisburg from the past 24 hours:

A woman was mugged in the River Street Garage (the one on Second; no idea why they chose to name it after the small alley that runs behind it rather than the major thoroughfare that runs in front of it, but I digress), a c-store clerk was robbed, a guy was mugged with a brick, a dude was assaulted in a park near Italian Lake, a teen’s laptop was stolen while he was using it, some dude kicked a woman in the face and stole her purse, and a guy was stabbed while walking around.  The “and a half” comes from a Harrisburg guy who was charged with breaking into an apartment in Carlisle.  And again, this was all reported in a 24-hour period.

Naturally, the PennLive West Shore Trolls did not hesitate to blame this on Linda Thompson / Barack Obama / the Democrats / the Liberals / “those people” / people who don’t listen to Glenn Beck.  But the real question remains unanswered — what just happened?

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Using Deadly Force

If you haven’t been following the story of the Perry County burglar who was shot and killed by an employee, here’s the story so far:

  1. Amy Turner and Jeffery Harless entered a beer distributor when they weren’t supposed to be there.
  2. The alarm sounded
  3. The owner responded to the alarm and confronted Harless
  4. Harless charged the owner with something held over his head (police later found a hammer)
  5. The owner shot and killed Harless
  6. Harless is now dead and Turner is in custody as an accomplice

There’s been a lot of furious arguing in the always troll-tastic PennLive comment section.  Some people argue that the owner had no right to shoot the intruder.  They say he should have waited for the police to respond.  Others argue that the owner was fully correct because, as revealed in today’s story, Harless charged the owner holding something over his head.  And the remaining 95% of the comments are along the lines of “LOL U SUCK” and “BUSH RULES”.

I am not a lawyer, but our gun laws are very easy to understand.  The Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act says the following about the use of deadly force:

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