Law enforcement pushes self-defense education for gun owners

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Polk County Deputies say a man was shot after he went into another man home and assaulted him. It happened yesterday morning around 5:15 A.M. on the 400 block of 4th street in Centuria, just northeast of St. Croix Falls. Deputies say 33-year old Justin Schill was sleeping in his home when he heard pounding on the door. As he went to the door, 25-year old Derek Amoroso kicked it in. Schill had a handgun and told Amoroso to leave.

He says Amoroso assaulted him, then Schilling shot him. Amoroso was flown to a hospital with a gunshot wound to leg. Deputies say charges are not expected to be filed.

In light of the current incident, law officials are encouraging all gun owners to get as much training as possible before using their weapon in self-defense.

Eau Claire police officer Kyle Roder says law enforcement is working to make sure people are educated when it comes to self-defense.

“We think people understand the law and know their rights, however, we are very diligent in making sure that they use the proper precautions so as long as we have a public who understands that and is safe, we don't have this issue,” says Roder.

Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs says according to a legal doctrine, the law allows homeowners to protect themselves with a weapon.

“An individual has the right, under the Castle Doctrine to defend their home. You are presumed to act in defense under the new Castle Doctrine law if someone is breaking into your home, so whatever weapon you use to protect yourself with, you're presumed to be acting in self-defense,” says Gibbs.

Although there are laws in place, please understand that if you find yourself in a situation like this, law enforcement is still going to investigate it thoroughly and they are going to determine whether or not you acted appropriately,” says Roder.

“Always call the authorities and cooperate with the authorities and use deadly force as a last resort,” says Gibbs.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's office, the case remains under investigation, with help from the Centuria Police Department.

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