Castle Law 1, Intruders 0

An old saying, "an Englishman's home is his castle," probably no longer applies in England, but in the US, or in Oklahoma at least, the "Castle Law" can still be invoked to protect your home against invasion.  Well, almost...
Authorities don't plan to file charges against an Oklahoma woman who fatally shot a New Year's Eve intruder at her house while she had a 911 dispatcher on the phone, but the intruder's alleged accomplice has been charged in the death.
A 911 tape released to Oklahoma City media outlets Wednesday reveals that 18-year-old Sarah McKinley asked a Grady County dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder. McKinley's 3-month-old son was with her when she shot Justin Shane Martin, 24, at her Blanchard mobile home.
Oklahoma law requires the invaders to actually break in before they can be legally shot.  That law needs re-visiting - it might be too late by then. 

Recordings of the emergency call reveal an interesting conversation.  Both the mother and the dispatcher remained calm, the mother apparently giving her baby a bottle before arming herself with a shotgun and a handgun.

"I've got two guns in my hand. Is it OK to shoot him if he comes in this door?" McKinley asked the dispatcher.
"Well, you have to do whatever you can do to protect yourself," the dispatcher is heard telling McKinley. "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby."
And protect her baby she did. 

Video here.


  1. Somebody needs to show this story to Inspector Radmore of the NSW Police, (mentioned in the earlier post about a stabbing in Sydney), so he can understand the true meaning of being in "the wrong place at the wrong time."

  2. Don't leave us hanging, go on.

  3. The woman was right to shoot the guy. Odds are good that he would have raped and killed her before he took her deceased husband's painkilling drugs. She would have been right to shoot him even without a baby to protect. On the other hand, the law also gets misapplied more often than you'll want to admit, and I have experienced that kind miscarriage of justice in a very personal way. Out in Henderson Nevada the court carried the "anywhere you have a right to be" concept to its absurd extreme. A cop shot a man to death in his own house when the man caught the cop in bed with his wife! Come on, now, that's going too far, and it's the kind of thing that will not only cause a repeal of the castle laws but cause us to lose our second amendment rights. See my blog:


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