Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AROUND THE STATE ; Gun Owners Benefit from Self-Defense Training Training Should Go beyond Safety Aspects, Weapons-Handling

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AROUND THE STATE ; Gun Owners Benefit from Self-Defense Training Training Should Go beyond Safety Aspects, Weapons-Handling

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Huntington We see more self-defense shooting situations on TV than we do in real life. Often in those dramatic police shows or movie scenes, the shootings seem clearly justified and end with few complications.

But the recent two-week trial of Micah LeMaster in Huntington demonstrated that self-defense shootings in the real world can be anything but simple and clear cut.

LeMaster was charged with murder in the 2015 shooting of an intruder at his home in a quiet residential neighborhood. The victim, 21-year-old Joshua Martin, was under the influence of drugs and acting erratically when he showed up on LeMasters door step in the middle of the night, testimony showed.

But as jurors heard from a wide range of investigators, experts and witnesses, the circumstances and the number of shots fired all raised questions about whether the use of force was necessary or went too far.

Ultimately, the Cabell County jury found LeMaster not guilty, but the case still provides a cautionary tale. …

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