An Ontario man is facing second-degree murder charges after allegedly shooting and killing a home intruder on February 19.
The shooting happened in the home of Ali Mian, 22, at about 5 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Halton Regional Police Service. One man, who remains unidentified, was shot dead after allegedly breaking into Mian’s home.
Police said another man, 20, of Oshawa, was arrested at the scene and charged with breaking and entering, as well as unauthorized possession of a firearm, CBC reported.
In a press release on Sunday, police said witnesses saw a group of men approaching the home who appeared intent on committing a robbery. “Upon entering the residence, they were confronted by an occupant and a number of gunshots were fired within the home. One individual was pronounced deceased at the scene, while two other individuals were arrested when police arrived,” the press release stated.
Despite police confirming that armed robbers targeted the home, Mian is still facing second degree murder charges.
Jag Virk, the 22-year-old’s lawyer, told reporters that his client is innocent and will argue self-defense. “It was a home invasion, intruders in his house, armed, dangerous, and he protected himself and his mother,” he said.
“[Mian] is a registered firearm owner and used his gun legally against an armed intruder,” the attorney later told CBC.
“He shouldn’t be charged with murder for protecting his mother from someone that broke into his home,” Virk continued. “His intention was not to kill the intruder, he only shot at him once. We are all saddened that the intruder passed away as a result of being shot.”
Police are still searching for three additional home intruders who are believed to have fled the scene in a white vehicle.
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