A Kansas City man is facing felony charges for firing a warning shot in his own home against what he thought was a group of intruders. The man's wife is irate that he is being locked up in the case. Normally, a home invasion does not lead to the arrest of the homeowner; in this situation, though, the home invaders were police officers themselves.

The 46-year-old man is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer in connection with the shooting on July 23. He is currently being held in custody, unable to work or provide for his family. Officers had come to the man's home that evening to seek out a relative of the family who had witnessed another shooting.

The man's wife explains that he had a strong reaction to the officers banging on his door late at night, largely because the family home had been sprayed with bullets less than a week earlier. In that incident, nine bullets struck the house, with five of those smashing through the front window. Two members of the family were sitting in the living room when the shooting occurred; those teens were nearly struck with the bullets. When the man saw movement outside his window and heard the violent pounding, he feared that the earlier attackers had come back, so he took drastic action.

Missouri law permits individuals to defend their homes and families, but the shooter must feel threatened and have good reason to open fire. In this situation, officers say they announced themselves twice before they heard the gunshot. It appears that the officers startled the family in the middle of the night, and no one inside the home could make out the words that were being shouted. As a result, they say they had no idea the police were outside.

If you are facing similarly unreasonable charges for attempting to defend your home, consider seeking the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney. These professionals can help you learn more about your courtroom rights and responsibilities.

Source:  www.kansascity.com, "KC woman questions charges against husband in shooting at their home" Christine Vendel and Donna McGuire, Aug. 03, 2013