FL prosecutor got this right. That's not a 'stand your ground' case. The guy doesn't have the hatchet in his hand and he's attempting to flee, not assauting the store owner.

Good case example of when NOT to shoot. He's going to prison.

You *might* in a looting situation following a natural disaster get away with dropping somebody running away from you carrying a Tv or something like that. MAYBE.

That's not the case here.
And the reason this is different from the most famous of FL's 'Stand Your Ground' cases, the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, is that Martin sucker punched Zimmerman & was grounding & pounding him before lethal force came into play.
If you are going to point a handgun at someone else and pull that trigger, you had better be 100% certain you know the law in your state. This guy apparently didn't or forgot. And since it's on video & it's clear he's not under any kind of attack, he's going to prison.
Just assuming "Yeah, uh, my state DA isn't going to send me to prison for shooting this guy in the back running away from me carrying my TV/Stereo/whatever cuz hey, I have a *right to defend my property!* is....not smart.
Lots of people end up in prison thinking they had some kind of defense for killing somebody when they didn't. States that allow CCW or open carry have courses you can take to teach you when it's legal to use lethal force.

Don't *assume* anything.

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Everyone's Fren:
Sad situation for all involved
Deplorable Angie~Gab.ai:
This is where the education that many states require for concealed carry come in extremely handy. They make sure to educate folks on when lethal force is appropriate and when it isn’t.
holden🇷🇺:
he did have the hatchet in his hand though. he also turned around as he was standing in the doorway, still with the hatchet in his right hand.

yes, he was trying to get away, but he could have easily launched an attack back at the owner in an attempt to break free.
susyq:
He did have the hatchet in his hand. Look again, it’s there.
SpiritOfLions:
Thats a good pic of the Evil Eye (chuck schumer has it too)
⭐️⭐️⭐️Dozer 🚜 Man:
He was emotional and emotion leads to actions that do not always parallel our normal life actions. In retreat the threat is gone, no need to fire. Decisions poorly made will affect your life forever.
NN500:
You must shoot and next time that person won’t go to an other place to shoplift!
Off The Deep End:
Agreed, but wouldn't it be ironic if this guy is going to prison for killing a guy for stealing a hatchet who was on his way to commit a murder... with that hatchet?!
Deplorable Mike G.:
The best advice on lethal force that I've been given, and that I can pass along, is that if you shoot someone, just know you're going to jail likely no matter what. IF the law is on your side, you'll be out within 1-2 days.
ImWatchingToo 🐾👠:
"he saw Lopez take a hatchet from a shelf and stick it in the waistband of his pants" He was stealing the hatchet so Dunn was protecting his store & his property.. It's still a crime to steal even here in Florida

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