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Intruder stabs California woman to death with samurai sword

TEMPLE CITY, Calif. >> A Los Angeles-area woman has been stabbed to death with a samurai sword from her own home.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says an intruder walked into the woman’s Temple City home around noon Wednesday and began beating her with a wrench before grabbing an ornamental sword from the wall and killing her.

A friend of the woman was injured when he tried to stop the attack.

The 40-year-old woman died at the scene. Her 10-year-old son was inside the home but wasn’t harmed.

KABC-TV says a 44-year-old man was located nearly two hours later and surrendered to Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives.

Authorities didn’t mention a motive for the attack, but they said the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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    • As far as I know you can posses a handgun at home in CA if you pass a background check, same as here. Either she didn’t have one or she had one but couldn’t use it in time. Anyway it’s kind of like saying if she was an expert at using a sword she could have protected herself. Or if she secured her house better the guy wouldn’t have been able to break in.

      • Not sure what your point is, but from the story itself the sword was used to administer a coup de grâce. We likely won’t know through SA if being beaten by a wrench would’ve ultimately proved fatal.

        As far as dealing with a hostile intruder in a home in California, while there’s no “stand your ground” doctrine codified in California law, you can apply whatever deadly force necessary if you reasonably believe yourself to be in imminent peril of death or great bodily injury, or if you reasonably fear the same for another innocent person.

        So 99% of the time you can’t “reasonably” shoot or otherwise harm an intruder if he’s intent on leaving. It should be noted, however, that when it came to firing upon two burglars fleeing in a truck, the self-defense claim did work once in Hawaii (but in this case the shooter benefited from a sympathetic jury). Don’t count it – especially if you reside in a true blue state.

        • Actually I was trying to figure out the point of the OP’s post. Not sure if the OP was trying to advocate for less strict gun laws in CA and/or across the nation, or if the OP simply was advocating for people to have guns to protect themselves in situations like these. I just found it kind of a pointless post, hence me mentioning comparable statements about using a sword to protect oneself or having better home security.

          Or maybe the OP was just making a statement and I just overanalyzed and then misinterpreted his post.

    • Not sure but I do know that thanks to Jane Fonda, Charles Manson lives a very comfortable life with free housing, food and medical care. He received the death sentence.

      • It gets better! Charles Manson was allowed to marry and impregnate a 26 year old decent looking gal about 2-3 years ago while he’s been waiting on death row since the ’70s! Now the nanny state of CA has to pay child support for Manson’s offspring since he doesn’t earn wages to support his little devils! I’m sure the evil children he brings into this world will all be proud “D” voters! LOL

        I’m also getting the feeling Nanci Pelosi is shedding a tear of joy of her great accomplishments of turning CA into the nuttiest place on Earth where criminals and illegals get a better life than the poor citizens trying to survive.

  • Apparently the door wasn’t locked if the intruder just walked in….that’s why I always lock my doors even when I’m at home because you can never tell who might come in when you least expect it….

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