A Moorehead, Minnesota man will not be charged for the shooting of a teenaged intruder. Police say that Vernon Allen won't face charges. A lengthy investigation showed that he acted in self defense. This was determined after an agonizingly long six month investigation that the man endured.
Investigators found a spent shotgun shell in the same place in a bathroom where Mr. Allen said he was standing when he shot the thug at close range.
The teenager had a blood alcohol content of 0.21, nearly 3 times the legal limit. The seventeen year old entered Vernon's apartment and tried to hit him twice. The apartment dweller grabbed his gun, and the teen grabbed the barrel. He fired.
Investigators have been the subject of continued criticism for the lengthy investigation. Mr. Allen didn't know from day to day during the six months whether he would be criminally charged. Authorities justify the long time period as necessary for all the facts to be gathered and evaluated.
Meanwhile, on December 20th, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a man with a registered firearm stopped two home invaders at his residence. He stopped briefly at his home to use the restroom when he heard people enter the residence while he was also in the bathroom. Two armed men ordered him to give them his money. Instead of money, at least one of the robbers received gunshot wounds. One of the men showed up at an area hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest and legs. Police are searching for his accomplice. Charges are pending against the pair.