Justifiable Homicide Likely in Fatal Prince George’s County Maryland Home Invasion Shooting

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Police report that the fatal shooting of an intruder at a Prince George’s County apartment complex appears to be justifiable homicide carried out in self-defense. According to police, 29-year-old Benjamin Jackson returned fire against an intruder who forced him into his apartment, wounding the suspect who later died at an area hospital. While an investigation is pending to determine whether or not Jackson will face charges, preliminary findings show that the shooting was justified. According to the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, “Generally speaking, people do have a right to defend themselves and others in their homes, including deadly force in some circumstances.” However, in comparison with criminal homicide, justifiable homicide cases are rare. According to 2008 FBI reports, there were only 204 firearm-related justifiable homicides compared with nearly 9,500 criminal murders involving firearms. While the use of deadly force in self-defense is rare, Maryland criminal lawyers understand how to utilize the theory of justification as a defense to murder charges.

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