Posted: Jun 5, 2013 5:24 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jun 6, 2013 10:18 AM
Two suspects wearing ski masks and carrying handguns entered the home of Joseph Jean-Louis on Paradise Street in Lafayette.
Jean Louis, armed as well, shot and killed one intruder, 43-year old Spencer James Francis.
"When the first suspect fell on the porch, the second suspect continued running from the scene, and was seen climbing into a lighter colored four-door vehicle and fled the area", says Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department.
After a police search of his home, Jean-Louis is charged with Possession With the Intent to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substances and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.
We turned to District Attorney Mike Harson to ask what a person can do if they are the victim of a home invasion.
Harson says, "It's called the "Anti-Burglar Statute" and it's been adopted in quite a few other states to my knowledge, and basically what it is is it gives greater rights to the occupant of a dwelling to use up to deadly force to repel someone from the residence where they've entered unlawfully, or to keep someone from unlawfully entering a residence."
With a suspect still at large, district attorney says those in Lafayette shouldn't be afraid to defend themselves.
"As long as the person is entering the premises unlawfully AND the homeowner has the belief that they entered unlawfully, then that justifies the use of deadly force", says Harson.