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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Another Midtown Attack

One of Sunday’s attacks happened at the intersection of Second and Union Streets, which is awfully close to downtown. ABC27 has the story; if anyone else covered it, I hadn’t noticed.

For the record, I still don’t feel that downtown — or midtown, for that matter — is unsafe. I think this is a surge in crime due to factors that can be debated in volumes. While there may be different groups of criminals at work, I do believe that all of the assaults are related in at least some passing way. I think it’s somewhat obvious that this started with a Group Of Bored Kids deciding to kick their shenanigans up to the criminal level a few times. Then Their Friends heard about it and did the same, and now Some Guys From Elsewhere have read about it and joined in the fray.

Second and Union is not a bad part of town. But it’s a half block off Forster and a stone’s throw from Restaurant Row. What happens if this creeps up to Second and State?  I know a lot of downtown revelers have basically ignored the attacks and kept on partying.