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The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that a homeowner shot two juveniles who broke into his home and tried to steal items on Christmas Day.
From the article:
The teens were found with gunshot wounds to their legs outside a residence in the 3600 block of East 114th Street shortly after noon. They were arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
Police said the homeowner was inside when he heard his burglar alarm go off. The man retrieved his handgun and began to check around his property.
Police said the man saw two teenage boys inside his home trying to steal property, and he fired his gun toward them. The boys ran out of the home and police later found them. Two other teens who acted as lookouts fled the scene.
Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.
Earlier this month, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that, in a recent fundraising letter addressed "Dear Fellow Gun Rights Activist," Ohio's Republican state treasurer touts himself as a "proud pro-gun candidate" for U.S. Senate.
From the article:
"When it comes to the defense of my own home and wife Ilana, I'm the proud owner of a Berretta handgun and a Marlin .22 caliber rifle," writes the Beachwood resident.
The letter includes the slogan "When Washington is broken ... Send in a Marine" -- a reference to Mandel's two tours of duty in Iraq. The letter also asks for campaign contributions of up to $2,500 to be mailed "right away" with a "Protect Gun Rights Reply Form."
"Endorsed by the NRA and the Buckeye Firearms Association throughout my career, my record of standing up for the Second Amendment speaks for itself," Mandel writes.