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"The Houston Restaurant Self-Defense Shooting: Neutralizing a Threat v. Killing a Criminal"

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I’m delighted to pass along this item from T. Markus Funk, author of Rethinking Self-Defence: The ‘Ancient Right’s’ Rationale Disentangled (2021), Understanding the Role Values Play (and Should Play) in Self-Defense Law, 58 American Criminal Law Review 331 (2021), Cracking Self-Defense’s Intractable Difficult Cass,’ 100 Nebraska Law Review (2021), and What US Law Reformers can Learn from Germany’s Value-Explicit Approach To Self-Defense. 73 South Carolina Law Review 195 (2021).

A 46-year old diner-patron sat in a booth at El Ranchito Taqueria #4 in southwest Houston when a masked criminal began to pacing around the restaurant asking for money. As the robber approached the patron, the patron pulled out his handgun. Eric Eugene Washington, a 30-year-old man, was shot and killed by the patron.

Later, the handgun was found to be faked (the shooter). can be seen In apparent disgust at the shooting, they threw their gun against a wall. There is no doubt that customers and employees, some of which crawled under tables in desperate search of cover, had every reason for fearing they would be hurt or killed.



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