Woman who fired gun in self defense was blindsided

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A woman says she fired gunshots in self-defense on Sunday because she was ‘blindsided, beat up and put in a headlock’ inside the Hy-Vee food store on the east side of Des Moines.Des Moines police say the two women in this incident know each other. A police report was filed after an interaction between the two on June 16. That case is still under investigation. But Des Moines police say what Kapri Lashawn Francis did on Sunday was a “totally unprovoked attack,” and Francis blindsided the woman, beat her up and put her in a headlock. That’s when a shot was fired hitting Francis.”Iowa law allows for the use of reasonable force to stop someone from hurting you, or someone else and that includes deadly force under certain circumstances,” said Katherine Sears, a criminal defense attorney.After the bullet passed through Francis, another person was wounded by either the bullet or debris. Sears says it’s unlikely the woman who fired the shot will face charges for that either.”There’s a statute that says that a person who reasonably uses force as authorized by that chapter is immune from criminal or civil liability for any damages caused in the exercise of that force,” Sears said.John McLaughlin with the Iowa Firearms Coalition advocates for responsible gun ownership. He says the use of a weapon in self-defense seems appropriate in this case. “If you’re clearly having your life threatened and the next second your choked out and could have your firearm used against you then certainly, it’s appropriate,” McLaughlin said.Hy-Vee sent KCCI a statement saying: “We follow all state laws when it comes to the lawful possession of firearms by the general public”Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department sent KCCI a statement saying: “Lawfully possessed and responsibly handled firearms can enhance public safety.”Francis has been charged with assault causing bodily injury. The woman who fired the shot that hit Francis is not facing any criminal charges.

A woman says she fired gunshots in self-defense on Sunday because she was ‘blindsided, beat up and put in a headlock’ inside the Hy-Vee food store on the east side of Des Moines.

Des Moines police say the two women in this incident know each other.

A police report was filed after an interaction between the two on June 16. That case is still under investigation.

But Des Moines police say what Kapri Lashawn Francis did on Sunday was a “totally unprovoked attack,” and Francis blindsided the woman, beat her up and put her in a headlock.

That’s when a shot was fired hitting Francis.

“Iowa law allows for the use of reasonable force to stop someone from hurting you, or someone else and that includes deadly force under certain circumstances,” said Katherine Sears, a criminal defense attorney.

After the bullet passed through Francis, another person was wounded by either the bullet or debris.

Sears says it’s unlikely the woman who fired the shot will face charges for that either.

“There’s a statute that says that a person who reasonably uses force as authorized by that chapter is immune from criminal or civil liability for any damages caused in the exercise of that force,” Sears said.

John McLaughlin with the Iowa Firearms Coalition advocates for responsible gun ownership. He says the use of a weapon in self-defense seems appropriate in this case.

“If you’re clearly having your life threatened and the next second your choked out and could have your firearm used against you then certainly, it’s appropriate,” McLaughlin said.

Hy-Vee sent KCCI a statement saying: “We follow all state laws when it comes to the lawful possession of firearms by the general public”

Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Police Department sent KCCI a statement saying: “Lawfully possessed and responsibly handled firearms can enhance public safety.”

Francis has been charged with assault causing bodily injury. The woman who fired the shot that hit Francis is not facing any criminal charges.

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