A retired Douglas County sheriff’s deputy fired a shot at a vehicle speeding away from his Omaha home Tuesday morning. Inside that vehicle was a burglary suspect. Authorities say Freddie Abraham interrupted the burglary around 8:20 am and the front door shows signs of damage.
This brings up the question in what situations can residents use guns or other weapons against intruders. Chris Zeeb is a spokesman with the Nebraska Firearms Association and says there are four instances where deadly force can be used. He says a person must be facing an eminent danger of death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping or sexual assault.
Zeeb says there is a discretionary line when shooting someone is justified and when not. He says you can not shoot an unarmed burglar if he or she shows no threat of bodily harm. However, Zeeb says pulling a gun on someone in that situation is justifiable as long as it is not fired.