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Portsmouth man arrested after firing at fleeing "intruder"

A common response to any accusations of criminal behavior leveled against Rochester residents may be that the supposed perpetrator thought that it was justified. This may cause many to roll their eyes in disbelief, yet people may indeed be encountered with situations where they or their loved ones feel threatened. For example, there may be scenarios where the law does indeed permit people to use force against another who is deemed threatening. People's perceptions of threats, however, may vary, which is why it is left to the law to set a standard definition. 

A Portsmouth man was apparently in violation of that standard when he chose to open fire on a young man who had mistakenly entered his home. The young intruder reportedly came to the home thinking that a gathering was there (when it was actually at another residence). The young man entered the unlocked door (as he had been instructed by his friend who lived there) and instead encountered the terrified residents. The young man immediately fled, yet was pursued by the homeowner, who then shot at him as he was driving away from the scene. 

In instances where one is justified in using force (even potentially deadly force, which was present in this case), one must believe that he or she (or others) are in imminent risk of danger. One might argue that a would-be perpetrator attempting to flee the scene does not pose such a risk, yet still, it may be difficult to tell a person in such a situation that his or her fears are unjustified. If one does end up being accused of a crime after believing to have acted in self-defense, he or she may want to turn to an experienced attorney to help make his or her case. 

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