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Castle doctrine law prevents charges in road rage case

9:31 PM, Jun 12, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri prosecutor is citing Missouri's castle doctrine in his decision not to file charges in a road rage shooting.

Police say that on May 26, a 65-year-old motorist and two motorcyclists were attempting to turn left from different lanes and nearly collided in O'Fallon, prompting an exchange of words. Once the vehicles stopped, a 49-year-old motorcyclist approached the driver's side window.

They exchanged words again, spit at each other, then the motorcyclist punched the man in the face. The man used a gun from the glove box to shoot the motorcyclist in the chest. He survived and is recovering.

St. Charles County prosecutor Jack Banas says the car driver was authorized under Missouri's castle doctrine law to use potentially deadly force because the motorcyclist reached in and punched him.

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