Sunday, November 16, 2008

Louisiana: Woman Shot After Being Mistaken For Intruder

Keithville, Louisiana

From the ArkLaTex of November 13, 2008
Woman Shot After Being Mistaken For Intruder

A Keithville woman is recovering from a gunshot wound after she was mistaken for an intruder at her home.

Denise Giddens, was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center after being shot in the stomach by her brother, Michael Henderson.

Henderson said he'd been staying with his sister at her residence in the 8300 block of Godfrey Road. Two nights ago, someone tried to break into the residence, and Henderson believed the intruder was looking for him.

Henderson obtained a handgun and was sleeping with the gun last night. When Giddens got up during the night to check the locks on the doors, Henderson heard the noise and fired the shot not knowing the target was his sister.

The case remains under investigation by Sheriff's Detective Donnie Laney.

Some may object to reporting accidental shootings on a self-defense blog. However, we try to show an accurate sampling of the self-defense shootings that occur on a regular basis across these United States, and the fact that we have seen less then a half-dozen in the past five years is very telling.

- D.B., 11/17/08

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