A 22-year-old man, Ali Mian, is facing second-degree murder charges after shooting and killing a man who allegedly attempted to rob his family home in Milton, Ontario. The incident took place on February 19, 2023, at about 5 a.m. at a residence on Gibson Crescent.
According to the Halton Regional Police Service, a group of suspects attempted to rob the home and were confronted by an occupant, resulting in multiple gunshots being fired within the home. The deceased was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mian’s lawyer claims that his client shot at an intruder who broke into the home and attacked his mother, and that he is a registered firearm owner who used his gun legally against an armed intruder. The police are still investigating the incident and are looking for information pertaining to three outstanding suspects who fled the scene in a light-coloured Dodge Charger with a sunroof and black wheels.
Consequences of Using a Firearm Against an Intruder
In Ontario, Canada, the use of a firearm for self-defence against an intruder is legally permitted under certain circumstances, but the consequences of using a firearm in self-defence can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the situation.
According to Section 34 of the Criminal Code of Canada, an individual may use force to defend themselves or others against an attacker if they believe on reasonable grounds that the force is necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent danger. However, the force used must be proportionate to the threat faced and should not exceed what is necessary to protect oneself or others.
If an individual uses a firearm in self-defence, the situation will be investigated by the police, and the individual may face criminal charges if the use of force is found to be excessive or unjustifiable. Even if the individual is not charged with a crime, they may still face civil lawsuits if the intruder or their family members feel that their rights have been violated.
In addition to legal consequences, the use of a firearm in self-defence can also have psychological consequences. Taking another person’s life, even in self-defence, can be a traumatic experience and can lead to feelings of guilt, anxiety, and other emotional issues.
It is important to note that in Ontario, the use of a firearm in self-defence is not encouraged by law enforcement agencies. Instead, they recommend that homeowners take steps to protect their homes, such as installing alarm systems, reinforced doors and windows, and security cameras. Homeowners should also consider having a plan in place in case of a home invasion, such as having a safe room to retreat to and contacting the police as soon as possible.