Home invader shot at Colorado prosecutor's house

There has been a recent wave of attacks against prosecutors and corrections officials, but authorities say the fatal shooting of a home invader at the home of a Colorado prosecutor on Monday night does not appear related to them, as reported by NBC News:

Authorities did not immediately release the names of the deputy prosecutor and her husband in connection with Monday night’s shooting.

The deputy district attorney made a 911 emergency call and reported that a man was at her door “behaving very erratically,” police said.

The prosecutor then told dispatchers that the stranger forced his way into her home. An altercation ensued inside and shots were fired, leaving the unidentified man dead, police said.

A spokeswoman for one of the agencies investigating the incident told Reuters that the prosecutor and her husband, himself a sheriff’s deputy, both fired at the intruder, but it is too early in the probe to know who fired the fatal shot.

The Colorado prosecutor and her husband both suffered minor injuries and have been placed on paid leave pending the results of the investigation.

None of that sits very well with gun-control ideology.  These folks called the police as soon as the incident began, but were forced to defend themselves with firearms before any help could arrive.  Who knows what would have happened if they had not been armed?  What weapons did they use, how many bullets did they hold, and how many shots were fired?  Did the intruder have a gun?

Such details have not yet been made public, and an investigation of the shooting is ongoing, but at first glance it seems reasonable to assume the prosecutor and her sheriff’s deputy husband were not irresponsible trigger-happy nuts who would open fire without good reason.  Shouldn’t everyone have the right to protect their families under such conditions?  Or is that protection reserved for government officials and big media stars?  (Why does gun-control crusader Piers Morgan have a sign warning trespassers about armed security on his Beverly Hills lawn?)

By the way, NBC offers these details about the evidently unrelated attacks in Colorado and Texas:

The shooting, shortly before midnight Monday, comes two weeks after Colorado’s prisons director was slain as he answered the front door to his home, and two days after the district attorney of Kaufman County in Texas was found shot to death with his wife.

An assistant prosecutor in the Kaufman County district attorney’s office was shot to death on January 31, and authorities have said both Texas murders and the March 19 slaying of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements appeared to be targeted killings rather than random acts of violence.

[…] Clements, the state’s prisons chief, was shot to death on March 19 when he answered the front door of his home near Monument, Colorado, about 45 miles south of Denver.

Authorities have matched the handgun used in Clements’ slaying to the weapon used by a recent Colorado parolee, 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel, in a gun battle with police following a high-speed chase through Decatur, Texas, last month.

Investigators have named Ebel, a member of a white supremacist prison gang, as a suspect in the killing of Clements and in the death of pizza delivery man Nathan Leon, 27, who was found dead in suburban Denver two days earlier.

Ebel was killed in the shootout with Texas police. A search of his car turned up a pizza deliverer’s shirt, visor, pizza box and heat bag.

It doesn’t sound as if Clements’ killer was interested in running any background checks on his gun, which he somehow obtained after it was used in a high-speed chase and gun battle with police, resulting in the death of its previous owner.  Hopefully everyone involved in these killings will be swiftly brought to justice.

Update: I’m told the wording of the story about the murder of prison chief Tom Clements was rather convoluted, and in truth the gun used in the killing was recovered and never out of police custody following the showdown with Evan Spencer Ebel.  That seemed like a very odd detail, so I’m glad to have it cleared up.