Teenager Shot and Killed

Very little media interest so far in the case of an 18-year old shot and killed by a man who claims to have acted in self-defense.  It happened a few days ago in Detroit.  At about 1:30 am, Willie White claims that an intruder broke into his home and that, fearing for his life, he  had to shoot.  Prosecutors have concluded that White acted in self-defense so there will be no criminal case.

It is too soon to tell whether White will be sued civilly for wrongful death.  Relatives of the teen might hire a lawyer to argue that White had a “duty to retreat” and that he should have tried to hide in a bedroom closet instead of using deadly force.  If that happens, White will need hire a lawyer to fight the lawsuit.  To protect people like Willie White from that sort of thing, some states, such as Florida [update: and Michigan!], have Stand Your Ground laws, that immunize persons who act in self-defense from civil liability.

The recent Cato study, Tough Targets, details many cases of citizens using guns to thwart crime.