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Homeowner shoots teen robber, ends up in jail

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:40pm
Have you heard of this story from Washington County, reported by the Pittsburgh post-Gazette?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An unidentified teen is hospitalized today and the Washington County homeowner who allegedly shot him is in jail after an attempted robbery Saturday in Langeloth.

Police said two masked teens armed with BB guns and baseball bats were in the process of robbing the home of Eraldo Iannitelli shortly before 6 a.m. when he returned home. Grabbing a 12-gauge shotgun, he fired at the fleeing teens.

A 16-year-old boy was hit. Neighbors who heard his cries called 911. Police are searching for the second teen.

According to police, Mr. Iannitelli is being charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

The 16 year old will be charged with robbery and aggravated assault, police said.

I do not believe this man should be charged with attempted homicide. He was returning home from work when these two robbers attacked him with baseball bats and BB guns. I believe these two robbers should assume the risk of injury or death when attempting to rob individuals.

I do not believe he fired the shot gun in self-defense, in fear for his life. Because he shot the fleeing teen in his back. However it's time for criminals to take responsibility for their actions.

I am not sure if this man should face any charges at all, that would be up too smarter individuals than myself. But I do not believe he should be faced with attempted homicide charges.
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