Woman Shoots And Kills Alleged Intruder With 9mm Handgun

(LibertySociety.com) – A home burglar met his fate on April 17 when he chose to break into a Pittsburgh-area home with an armed woman inside.

The woman heard what sounded like glass breaking in her basement at around 5 a.m., prompting her to grab her 9mm handgun and head downstairs. Upon encountering the man, the woman immediately fired three rounds and killed the man. He was later identified as 49-year-old Brent Farmer. The woman answered several questions from the Beaver Falls police and Beaver County detectives before she was released, noting that she had never met the intruder.

Beaver County District Attorney Nate Bible said that the woman legally owned the gun she used to kill Farmer. He was asked by a local media outlet if the woman acted appropriately. Bible stated that “she did nothing wrong.” Pennsylvania has a castle doctrine that allows homeowners to use deadly force against intruders. The incident is still under investigation, but Bible believes that the woman will not face any charges. He was also asked what homeowners should do to protect themselves if they do not own a gun. He suggested taking self-defense classes, purchasing a large dog, or using virtually anything as a weapon.

Beaver Falls is a relatively small town a little over 30 miles from Pittsburgh. The violent crime rate in the city is just 3.75 per 1,000 residents, amounting to 33 violent crimes each year. The property crime rate is 23.07 per 1,000 residents, totaling 203 property crimes each year. The city’s violent crime average is 0.95 times higher than the crime rate for the entire state of Pennsylvania. The city’s property crime rate is 8.24 times higher than the state’s property crime rate. Residents of Beaver Falls have a 1 in 267 chance of being a victim of violent crime, while Pennsylvania residents overall have a 1 in 357 chance. The city’s total crime index is 14, meaning that Beaver Falls is safer than only 14 percent of cities in the United States.

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