News – Phoenix Resident Kills Intruder With Clothes Iron

Azcentral reports the following:

“A suspected burglar was killed early Friday morning after breaking into a Phoenix apartment when the tenant inside hit him in the head with a clothes iron.

Moses Taylor, 20, broke into a window of an apartment in the 2500 block of West Ocotillo Road about 2:53 a.m. Friday morning and woke up a 29-year-old man inside, Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

The apartment resident yelled to a man, woman and child in a separate room, who fled the apartment through another window.

During a struggle, the resident struck Taylor in the head with a clothes iron. Taylor was taken to the hospital but died of his injuries on arrival, Thompson said.

Police believe Taylor, who was only wearing a shirt and boxers at the time of the attempted burglary, may have been under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Thompson said.

Police are investigating the incident as a homicide but believe the apartment resident was acting in self-defense, Thompson said.”

1. Do you believe this was self-defense?
2. Do you think the resident used an excessive amount of force considering the intruder appeared to be unarmed, or were the resident’s actions justified?
3. Do you consider the intruder’s alleged drug use to be a mitigating or aggravating factor?
4. Was the homeowner justified in defending the other residents allegedly present at the time of the instrusion?

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