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Most people who own a gun in Michigan either purchase it for hunting, or protecting their property and family. It can be a comforting feeling to know you have a way to defend yourself if necessary, however many don’t realize the legal ramifications of shooting or killing someone who they believed was threatening their life or invading their property. iStock_000008551433_Large-2-300x200

In June of 2016 a Jackson County man was charged with two counts of second-degree murder after he shot two teens who were on his property and attempting to break into his vehicles. Is this self-defense? Tracy Lawrence reportedly shot at the boys as they were fleeing, which under Michigan law is unlawful. In order to use a self-defense claim, a person has to have reasonable fear that his or her life is in imminent danger, or that great bodily harm will occur.

A similar incident occurred in Minnesota when a 65-year-old man shot at a vehicle in which three teens who were “casing” his home for a future burglary were attempting to flee after the man came to the window and startled the teens. The man claims he was shooting at the front tire in an effort to stop the teens, however a bullet struck the driver and killed him. He now stands charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and second-degree manslaughter.

Does owing a gun or firearm for the purpose of defending yourself and your family increase the risk of an accident, or becoming a victim if you use your gun in protection of yourself or a loved one? In depends on who you talk to, apparently. Over the past 16 years, the number of people who believe having a gun in their homes makes their family safer has nearly doubled according to a 2014 Gallup poll, which indicates 60% of Americans feel their homes are safer with a gun present. Protecting-Yourself-Against-Personal-Crimes-Pic-300x200

In Michigan, the number of FBI background checks performed on state residents buying handguns increased significantly, nearly 141,700 checks taking place over a three-year period between 2012 and 2015. How many Michigan residents have active concealed pistol licenses? About eight percent of the adult population of the state, or just over 600,000 according to surveys.

Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Harvard School of Public Health professor David Hemenway maintains there is no evidence indicating that homeowners with guns are safer, and that in fact gun research surveys prove the opposite. In Hemenway’s defense, he isn’t focusing on banning guns, but instead on harm reduction for homeowners who do feel strongly about having a gun for protection.

On Tuesday, August 25, a Detroit Police Officer who had been suspended after being accused of a drive-by shooting at a Ray Township assisted-living home was sentenced to prison. Clifford E. Gullion now faces a minimum of three years in prison, and termination from the Detroit Police Dept. is underway, according to a news article at Mlive.com. 17821516_s

Gullion allegedly opened fire on the assisted-living facility located near 29 Mile and Romeo Plank in April using a .40-caliber gun. He had been on medical leave from the police department for several months at the time the incident occurred. No one was hit by the gunfire.

The motive for the shooting appeared to be a dispute Gullion’s wife had with the husband of a patient living at the home; his wife is an in-home caretaker.

Last week, a Detroit Police Officer allegedly visited a Detroit bar located on Eight Mile Road on three different occasions. Now, she is facing a misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm while intoxicated, according to news reports at Mlive.com. bar-1217438-m

38-year-old Deloma Stone may spend up to 93 days in jail if found guilty. The department had initially suspended Stone with pay, however Adam Madera, a fellow Detroit Police Officer who works in the Media Relations Department, said that could change to leave without pay now that charges had been filed against Stone.

Police officers may posses their department issued handguns while off duty in a bar, however they cannot be in possession of their guns when intoxicated according to department policy.

On Friday January 23, a 55-year-old man allegedly shot a Flint Township police officer after he was stopped for a traffic violation. That man, who has not been named pending his arraignment, is now facing charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a news report at Mlive.com. Protecting Yourself Against Personal Crimes Pic

The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the Hometown Inn in the 3200 block of Miller Road. According to reports, the officer attempted to take the man into custody on multiple misdemeanor warrants, when the two became involved in a scuffle that resulted in the suspect pulling a gun before firing on the officer. The bullet struck the officer, who then called for backup. The injured officer was continuing to recover three days later, according to Flint Township Lt. James Baldwin. The suspect was also injured by return gunfire of the officer and backup officers who responded to the scene.

The officer who was injured and hospitalized works as a patrol officer, and has been with the force for two years.

Arthur L. Williams, a 25-year-old man charged with assault with intent to murder in a gas station shooting in September, is no longer facing charges after the alleged victim recanted the shooter’s ID, according to a news article at Mlive.com. iStock_2709890

On September 6, a shooting occurred at a Speedway gas station in Buena Vista Township. At approximately 2 in the morning, a fight took place in the parking lot near the gas pumps which resulted in the victim being shot. Buena Vista Police Detective Sgt. Greg Klecker said that upon reviewing surveillance video of the altercation, detectives saw a group of men engage in a fight after several men and women arrived in the parking lot in separate vehicles. One of the men pulled away from the crowd before firing at the victim, who fell and then got up, ran away, and eventually sought medical treatment. The suspect in the shooting fled on foot, according to Klecker.

At his preliminary hearing on November 4, the victim recanted the identification of Williams as the shooter. Others who were involved in the fight would not cooperate with investigators, so the prosecutor’s office decided to drop the charges against Williams, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Boyd. Williams remains behind bars on a charge related to the case after he fled from police on foot as they attempted to capture him about one month after the shooting. He is charged with felony resisting and obstructing a police officer.

On September 15, 22-year-old Keith K. Solomon Jr. was sentenced to 36 years and three months to 65 years in prison after being convicted of seven felonies involving a shooting at the Birch Park apartment complex in May of 2013. Solomon was given credit for just over 16 months already served. architecture-2-743364-m

In July, Solomon was convicted of shooting Gerald Hudson at the apartment complex after the two men became involved in an altercation. According to a news article at Mlive.com, Hudson was sitting in van when Solomon, who was riding a bicycle, circled the van and eventually began speaking to two other people in the vicinity. Hudson got out of the van and shook one of the individual’s hands before walking back toward the van, when Solomon decided to follow him. Hudson then turned toward Solomon, raised his fists, and told Solomon he did not want to fight. Solomon replied to Hudson that he (Hudson) wasn’t going to knock him out like he did Solomon’s cousin, upon which he pulled a handgun and shot Hudson.

Hudson recovered from his injuries and was able to testify at Solomon’s trial. In addition to his conviction for assault, Solomon was found guilty of possessing a firearm as a felon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and three felony firearm counts as a second time offender. In November, Solomon turned down a plea agreement which would have resulted in a minimum 20 year sentence.

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