Fatal Shooting Justified

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

LANSING - No criminal charges will be brought against a man who shot and killed another man who had entered forced his way into his home.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings released a statement Friday stating that the homeowner was justified in the shooting as an act of self-defense. The shooting took place in the early morning hours of January 8th in the 2000 block of Georgetown Street in Lansing. 28-year-old Jeston Lawrence was shot and pronounced dead at the scene after entering the residence.
According to the prosecutor's press statement, Lawrence had repeatedly banged on the home's door. When the homeowner opened the door, Lawrence pushed his way inside. The homeowner repeatedly told Lawrence he did not live at that house, and told him to leave several times. But Lawrence kept pushing the homeowner and his wife and punched the homeowner in the groin. The prosecutor states photographic evidence supports the assault claim. The homeowner then told Lawrence that he had a gun, and would shoot him if he did not leave. Lawrence still refused to leave. The homeowner then shot Lawrence at close range, killing him.
The prosecutor says that the homeowner made repeated attempts to get Lawrence to leave, and warned him he had a gun. The homeowner had also been assaulted. Therefore, he determined that the homeowner acted in lawful self-defense.

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:09 PM
    I remember when this story first came out...most of Lansing's residents were in support of this homeowner (yours truly included). There was one person who admonished all all of us that this may have been a matter of a person mistakenly entering the wrong home(or some nonsense to that effect) and that we'd all best be ready to "eat our words" if that was the case. I wonder if that person will have the integrity to come out and admit they were wrong. By the way...what in the world is Lydia in Potterville talking about?? There wasn't any mention about shooting anyone in the back-if there was, the intruder broke in a physically assaulted the homeowner and his wife...who cares how or where he was shot?? The intruder was IN HIS HOME!!! Lydia, let's stay focused on the story at hand, shall we?? Good for ther homeowner!! Criminal intruders beware!!
  • by Lydia Location: Potterville on Feb 5, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    the full details have not been revieled.this is the news people.wake up,how could you shoot someone in the back and get away with it.this is the second scenario I have read about where someone gets shot in the back and the shooter gets away with it.remember the LPD who was shot in the back and paralized.how do you shoot a cop in the back and get away with it? well you have a rich daddy for a lawyer thats how.its money and who you know.nothing has been justified,just swept under the rug.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2011 at 07:25 AM
  • by Doug Location: East Lansing on Feb 5, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    Its too bad that this has to even go through court proceedings.....this is an open and shut case. If you come into my home and you are not welcome you'd better be willing to face the consequences!!! I like many others will protect their family at ALL costs, including lethal force. Want to break down home intrusions, then allow homeowners to protect them if they feel they or their family are at risk. I never like to hear someone being killed, however if the suspect were not in a place he should have been then he would have been alive right now. Criminals.....if you can read, this should be a good wake up call to find a crime that isn't as risky of losing your life over!!
  • by Dawn Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    I knew a family (in Oklahoma)that did not know their son was coming home on leave from the Army. The young man wanted to surprise his parents (he told his fellow comrades). So, he waited until his parents went to bed and then opened his bedroom window and crawled inside. The father heard the 'intruder' and shot his son dead. Talk about a guilt trip and horrific pain of a fathers. No one knows when someone breaks in and would never expect a situation like this.
  • by charleigh Location: lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    Its unfortunate somebody lost their life, but I'm very happy the homeowner wasnt charged. Maybe these type incidents will make people think before entering a property where they do not belong. This was all needless and stupid. Once again- you cant fix stupid.
  • by stan on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    This should have been an open and shut case. Just the fact the guy pushed his way into the house. Good night Irene! Glad to see justice was served where it needed to be!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    At least the full details are finally known, and hopefully everyone can move on and recover. My heart goes out to both families involved.
  • by SafeCitizens Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    Warning: Do NOT go where you do not belong. Sorry he lost his life, but citizens must protect themselves. Good to see that in this case Dunnings enforced the state law allowing you to protect yourself when someone unlawfully enters your home. Remember, the police do not have a legal obligation to protect you. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Castle Rock vs. Gonzalez that it is not law enforcements job to protect you.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Feb 4, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    Imagine that. Common sense from the Prosecutor's office. You mean we don't have to hear about the guy's mental or alcohol issues and other assorted excuses that may have contributed to his criminal behavior, in essence turning him into a victim? What a relief. The real victims in this case, the homeowners, received justice.
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