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AZ Homeowner Shoots Disturbed Man Looking for Girlfriend

A Phoenix homeowner shot a man after he broke into his home on Friday night.

According to the report the homeowner gave to Navajo County Sherriff’s Office (NCSO), he and his wife were in the living room of their home when they heard someone banging on the door of the kitchen.

“The homeowner said the suspect was pounding so hard he was surprised the glass didn’t break,” reported the Sherriff’s Office.

The person attempting to gain access to the home, later identified as 18-year-old William L. Hansen, continued to bang on the door of the home calling for someone inside to come out and greet him.

The homeowner responded (multiple times) that the person Hansen was looking for was not there. Undeterred by this information, Hansen continued to bang on the door and call out for his girlfriend.

Then Hansen tried to reach through the pet door to unlock the kitchen door. The homeowner grabbed his arm and prevented him from unlocking the door. Hansen pulled away and began throwing large rocks at the house, breaking a window.

The homeowner, now worried that the disturbed Hansen might gain access to the home, warned Hansen that he was armed and would shoot. But Hansen ignored the threats and continued as before.

According the NCSO police report of the incident, the home owner grew more and more worried for his and his wife’s safety,

“The male subject appeared to be out of his mind and kept yelling for his girlfriend.”

Then Hansen began to reach through the broken window and unlocked the kitchen door. The homeowner shot Hansen in the leg, but still, Hansen did not stop. Crawling through the house after he fell to the shot, still calling for his absent girlfriend.

The homeowner then held the intruder down until police arrived to arrest him.

“Upon our deputies’ arrival the suspect was belligerent and refused to be identified,” NCSO reported. The Sheriff’s office also reported that the investigation is on going and charges have not yet been filed.

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2 Responses to AZ Homeowner Shoots Disturbed Man Looking for Girlfriend

  1. Frank Liso June 3, 2019 at 5:02 am #

    I don’t think the shooting was justified in a legal sense. They were not in imminent danger.They could have blocked of the pet door. Why didn’t they call 911? Why didn’t he try another form of deterrent, I feel he escalated use of force too quickly.

    He may not be charged with a crime however it won’t save him from a civil lawsuit.

  2. Bruce Harvey June 16, 2019 at 12:01 am #

    Because if someone breaks into your house, especially while ignoring warnings of deadly force, they’re free game. Nobody is obligated to obey your dogmatic edicts. Property owners have an inalienable right to defend their dwelling with deadly force from home invaders and other intruders. He even gave the dude a chance to stop and leave. Drop the dogma and mind your own business.

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