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Shooting sparks concern over "Castle Doctrine"

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)--The "Castle Doctrine" would expand the rights of gun owners to use deadly force against intruders.  An intruder is what Stanley Wilkinson thought he was shooting at earlier this week when he shot his 16-year-old granddaughter.  Rochester Police Chief, Roger Peterson, opposed the doctrine when the State legislature considered it last year.

"The proposed law would change to whatever the "actor" in this case believes would be reasonable," said Peterson.  "That's an extremely difficult legal standard to apply.  It's no longer what a reasonable person would do but what that individual would do."

Law enforcement opposed the Castle Doctrine because it might put officer's lives at greater risk of being shot or killed.  While supporters of the doctrine argued it's necessary to protect the rights of homeowner's from prosecution.  Ultimately, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed the bill in March.

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