Pregnant Florida Mum Uses AR-15 To Kill Home Intruder
A pregnant lady from Florida has been praised after she saved the lives of her husband and daughter when she used an AR-15 guns to kill an intruder at her house.
Two men entered the family home last week, with one of them reportedly pistol whipping her husband and violently grabbing her daughter, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Speaking to Bay News 9, the woman's husband, Jeremy King, said: "They came in heavily hooded and masked.
"As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter."
They went on to kick him, while his wife, who is eight months pregnant, managed to escape to the bedroom, where they keep their firearm.
"When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him," King said. "He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing."
In a press conference, the police said they found the man's body in a ditch nearby, with the second suspect still on the loose.
The man said that although he took a 'severe beating', his wife ultimately saved his life.
He added: "I've got a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches and three staples in my head.
"Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it. [My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me."
The sheriff's office confirmed that the gun was in the home legally.
Gun laws in Florida changed in 2005, when it became a 'No Duty to Retreat' state. Also known as 'Stand Your Ground', it essentially gives law-abiding residents and visitors the right to use defensive force, including deadly force, against any intruder.
The law applies if the resident presumes bodily harm or death from the intruder of their home.
In the UK, the law around intruders is slightly different - obviously you shouldn't try to kill them - but when you're defending yourself things can get out of hand.
As long as you don't use 'grossly disproportionate force', then you won't be prosecuted. If you attack your intruder when they're unconscious, or set a trap for them and don't call the police, then that's excessive force and you'll be prosecuted.
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