By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2022
A Tate County, Mississippi woman was forced to shoot and kill a man in self-defense after he broke into her house while firing a pistol!
The shooting occurred on January 24, 2022, at approximately 8:30 p.m. near the town of Coldwater. In a story first reported by FOX13.COM News staff, the Tate County Sheriff’s Office reported that 63-year-old William Hoskins began shooting while outside of the house, then broke into the home armed with multiple handguns and continued shooting at the three occupants inside.
One of the women inside the house who knew Hoskins pulled out a gun of her own and shot Hoskins, killing him. None of occupants was injured.
The woman then called 911 and stated she shot the intruder. Deputies stated that the shooting has a domestic element to it, and that the woman acted in self-defense. No charges will be filed.
I guess the suspect wasn’t aware of the gun laws of his state. Mississippi is one of twenty-three states with Castle Doctrine on the books, as well as one of thirty-six states with a “Stand Your Ground Law” in place. These laws simply state the obvious: You have a right to defend yourself, especially when you’re in your own home or “Castle.”
This shooting is another instance of why people need to be armed. Tate County, Mississippi encompasses 411 square miles. The sheriff’s office website lists 12 road deputies…12! This is quite common. When you call 911, law enforcement is usually going to arrive after the deed is done. As the saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”
This was also a domestic violence incident. Since the sheriff’s office is tight-lipped about the relationship of the two people involved, the extent of the relationship is unknown. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Always remember that a domestic violence injunction is just a piece of paper. If someone intends to do you harm, that injunction is not going to stop a knife or a bullet!
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].