Skip to comments.Resident who killed intruder in St. Louis won't face charges(MO)
Posted on 05/18/2012 5:12:30 AM PDT by marktwain
ST. LOUIS Wednesday's shooting death of a man at a house on Labadie Avenue was justified because he was breaking into the home at the time, police said Thursday.
No charges are being filed against the resident who fired the fatal shot. Police say the case has been classified as a justifiable homicide.
It's the latest use of Missouri's Castle Doctrine, which allows people who encounter an intruder in their homes or vehicles to use deadly force without fear of being charged or sued.
The dead man was identified Thursday as Jerome Burse, 38. Police say Burse, who had a gun, and a second man armed with a knife broke into a home in the 4700 block of Labadie Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. They took money and jewelry from people at the home.
Shots were fired inside the house, police said. One of the adults in the home was a 23-year-old man, who chased the intruders outside and fired shots at them. Burse collapsed on Marcus Avenue about a half block from the house.
Burse was taken to a local hospital, where he died. Burse had lived in the 4200 block of North 20th Street.
Police recovered Burse's gun at the crime scene.
The second suspect got away. Police say they don't know if the second man was shot. Police continue to investigate who that man might be.
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I’ll bet the resident who shot the perps never gets his gun back.
I don’t know about St.Louis but here in Central Mo. you do. I personally know a guy who was in a shootout some years back and he got his gun back,plus he trying to get the perp’s gun too.
This is not normal I have never had to lock a door since I have lived here.