Be careful when or if intervening in a third party situation. Not enough facts available at the moment to say whether this is a legit shoot or not. There has been a change in the law however that some attorneys and cops here are still not aware of, as I found out recently in a discussion with someone locally. The law used to be that if you claimed self defense or defense of an innocent third party the accused had to basically prove their innocence, unless they were in their vehicle or house. Now you are innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecution has to prove that it's NOT a case of legit self defense by a preponderence of the evidence. Some prosecutors hate the change in the law, as you can imagine.
MANTUA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A 27-year-old man from Portage County is charged with murder after he allegedly intervened in a dispute happening between his neighbors, shooting a man.
Randon C. Leonard, 27, of Mantua Township, was charged with murder.
On Thursday at around 7:25 p.m., deputies from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department responded to Robin Trailer Park, 3218 State Route 82, in Mantua Township.
A man was found dead in the street with apparent gunshot wounds.
Preliminary information revealed a domestic dispute was happening between the male victim and his girlfriend, at which time Leonard allegedly intervened and shot the victim multiple times.