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Man Faces Charges For Shooting Intruder Who Broke Into His Home

One man in Canada could end up in jail because some thugs broke in and tried to rob him. The man was attacked by the armed intruders and managed to wrestle away a gun, then shot at the culprits in self-defense. He's now facing a slew of charges for possessing and using a firearm, as well as attempted murder charges.

Kyle Earl Munroe is not a hardened criminal, but he may be facing some serious jail time for attempted murder. The man he shot was one of three armed intruders who broke into his home and physically attacked him. He claims it's self-defense, but strict Canadian gun laws are resulting in the victim being put on trial.

The three men broke into the homeowner's residence and a physical struggle ensued between Monroe and two of the men. He managed to grab a gun off one intruder in the struggle and turned it on them. He shot at them and hit one of the men. The other two fled.

The intruder who got hit with the bullet had a non-life-threatening injury. Monroe called police to come to his rescue, but he ended up being arrested for 'attempted murder, intent to discharge a firearm, intent to discharge a firearm when being reckless, careless use of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing that possession is unauthorized, and possession for the purpose of trafficking', according to the Chronicle Herald.

While the case is pending, Monroe is not allowed to leave his house unless he has to go to work or has a medical emergency. He's not allowed to leave Nova Scotia, to have any alcohol, and he's not allowed to use a cellphone. Police can drop by to check on him at any time, and he's required to answer the door. Even if he ends up being acquitted for the crimes with which he's charged, he has to live under this these terribly restricted rules.

Monroe isn’t the only Canadian homeowner who is being punished for defending himself in his own home by a threatening attacker. Ian Thomson of Ontario had a similar situation. He woke up to men throwing Molotov cocktails at his home. Since Thompson lived far out of town, he knew it would take a while for police to arrive. Being a firearms instructor with licensed firearms on hand, Thompson fired warning shots at his attackers. Then he put out the fire and called the authorities.

Thomson was arrested along with the attackers, but he faced more jail time for using a firearm to defend himself, even though he didn't hit anyone. He was eventually acquitted, but the lengthy court process ruined his life. His finances were drained, and the strain on his life was unreasonable.

Another 68-year-old Canadian man named Michael Woodard was being robbed and tried to defend himself with a gun, and he was charged with far more jail time than the 'youthful offender' who broke into his house.

It seems in Canada, it’s a bigger crime to defend yourself than it is to attack or rob someone.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: YouTube, Peretz Partensky/Flickr

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