“Christ, I didnt want to kill him. I didnt want to shoot him in the chest, so I shot him in the shoulder.
Shooting the man in the shoulder could easily have killed him.
Shooting him in the shoulder could hit the axillary artery or the brachial artery. The bullet severing this artery the man could have bled out in a few minutes.
Idiot is right, in CA if you don't shoot to kill they will charge you. You have to tell them you were trying to kill the guy but are simply a poor shot, admitting to merely wounding him such as this guy did will result in being charged because they feel if the situation didn't warrant killing the intruder than you shouldn't have fired at all. I feel pretty much the same way, either fire center mass or find another way to subdue the guy.
Sadly, he is now going to need a lawyer for the lawsuit when he gets sued.
Evidently the 76 year old guy had something you might lack (situational awareness) and lacks something you might have (the urge to kill just because you might get away with it).
I wouldn't hesitate to go for a kill if the situation indicated it was the best way to survive, but I would hope I wouldn't execute some drunken idiot just because I could.
Wanna bet some lawyer is working up an “excessive force” suit against Mr. Boggess?
Dead men tell no tales.
In other words, if you manage to kill the guy than your side is the only one that gets told.
You let them go once, they’ll be back. After the law suit, Underpants will be the new homeowner.