In states like California & WA they’ll say if you hadn’t confronted the car thieves carrying a pistol. You wouldn’t have been in a situation to use lethal force. In this case the “ good guy” probably won’t be charged since he didn’t drop any bodies. Another thing to consider in far blue states is the civil penalties. Being cleared criminally doesn’t stop someone from taking you to civil court in some states. I don’t agree with it, but that’s the way it goes.Yeah, but this wasn't about property. This was about protecting himself from severe bodily harm. You have to break this down:
1. Guy sees a stranger inside his vehicle and another guy around his vehicle.
2. Guy asks 'hey what are you doing?'
3. Perps respond by pepper spraying him and possibly firing a gun
4. Guy pulls guns for which he had legal CCW permit and opens fire
5. Perps flee
I mean, even under California law this seems a clean cut situation where you can use lethal force for self defense.