New Hampshire Man Arrested For Firing Gun Into Ground While Catching Suspected Burglar | Fox News
I'm really torn. I live in Florida where we have extended castle laws, a "Stand Your Ground" law that doesn't require you have to attempt to retreat or diffuse the situation. Still, in this intance him drawing the gun and even yelling freeze is somewhat iffy. The guy is climbing out of a neighbor's window, not in any way threatening the old man. The flip side is, had the old man put a bullet through the guy's skull, he could have claimed self defense fear for his life and not had a problem at all.A New Hampshire man who fired his handgun into the ground to scare an alleged burglar he caught crawling out of a neighbor's window is now facing a felony charge -- and the same potential prison sentence as the man he stopped.
Dennis Fleming, 61, of Farmington, was arrested for reckless conduct after the Saturday incident at his 19th century farmhouse. The single grandfather had returned home to find that his home had been burglarized and spotted Joseph Hebert, 27, climbing out of a window at a neighbor's home. Fleming said he yelled "Freeze!" before firing his gun into the ground, then held Hebert at gunpoint until police arrived.