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Woman charged after firing warning shots at gunman

An Illinois woman is facing felony firearm charges after firing warning shots at a gunman who had shot her fiance on May 28 at about 5:20 p.m. The incident occurred when the 26-year-old woman and her 27-year-old fiance were driving in their vehicle on the 200 block of West Root Street in Aurora.

Surveillance footage from a business that was nearby showed someone walking up to the vehicle and shooting the fiance in the head, killing him. The woman then grabbed a .357-caliber handgun that was stashed in the car. She shot several times into the air. She was ultimately charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge. Her bond was set at $250,000.The woman and her fiance have two children.

The state of Illinois has a similar law to the "stand your ground" law that Florida has. This law allows citizens to defend themselves if they feel that they are in danger. This was the defense used when George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin. It was not known if the woman or her legal team intended to use this defense.

People who ahve been issued multiple felony charges could potentially be facing a prison sentence, high fines and other penalties. There could be a variety of strategies that a criminal defense attorney could employ in an attempt to combat felony charges that involve weapons. Certainly, when the circumstances of the case allow it, the affirmative defense of self defense could be raised, and if it is successful, the defendant could in some cases be acquitted.

Source Ebony, "Woman Watches Fiancé Die, Charged With Warning Shot ", May 31, 2016

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