Two self-defense shootings this week in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — A deadly shooting near Louisville’s Iroquois Park may have been an act of self-defense. Louisville Metro Police Department officers responded to a report of a home invasion Thursday at 4 a.m. in the 6800 block of Manslick Road.

Officers found a man shot to death outside the home. They said it appeared the homeowner shot and killed the man after he tried to break in to the home. Investigators would not say if the alleged intruder was shot inside or outside the home.

“We’re still in the very early stages in order to determine what ultimately happened here but it’s unfortunate anytime someone loses their life,” said Dwight Mitchell, a LMPD spokesperson.

The homeowner has not been charged in the incident. LMPD will turn the case over to the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney for review.

“The people that live there are really nice people. They’re good neighbors,” said Joe Henderson, who lives a couple houses down the road. “They’re not the kind of people that go out looking for trouble.”

The details of what happened during the tense moments leading up to the shooting could be important in determining if the homeowner was exercising justified self-defense.

“Kentucky law elevates your right to defend yourself while you’re in your home probably more than they do anywhere else,” said Aaron Silletto, a partner at Goldberg Simpson, LLC. Silletto is a legal expert on matters concerning self-defense and concealed carry.

He said Kentucky law protects the sanctity of homes, giving the homeowner more leeway than some states when it comes to personal protection.

“Kentucky law presumes that if someone is breaking into your home or they are inside your home and they don’t have any legal right to be there that the reason why they’re there is to commit a serious crime or to do you great bodily harm,” Silletto explained. “Deadly force is justified whenever you feel like you’re about to sustain a potentially deadly injury, serious sexual assault, kidnapping, or some other pretty heinous offenses.”