Suspect apparently killed one lady in a home invasion, and then three hours later attempted a second home invasion:
Police say Trent Ames was asleep in his mother’s home on County Road 9, just south of Fouke, Ark., when he reportedly was awakened by someone beating on the glass door of the home. Ames said he went outside to get his gun from his car. Then he spotted the alleged intruder. “I grabbed the gun and turned around,” Ames told KSLA News 12, “He was running right at me. He was within 10 feet.”Ames said that’s when he shot the alleged intruder.
Optimally, Ames would have been carrying but that of course was impossible because he was sleeping. Having the gun close by in a locked container would have been nice, but maybe that was not an option he had.
The article doesn’t mention whether the suspect was armed — so was it ok for Ames to shoot? Maybe, under these circumstances. Suspect was banging on the door in a manner apparently causing sufficient fear that he ran outside to get his gun (his mother and daughter were in the house). Suspect was running toward him, closing fast, only ten feet away. Even if suspect had no gun or knife on his person, he would have soon had access to Ames’ gun and thus been armed.
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