The Armed Citizen® August 4, 2023

A Tennessee woman used a firearm to defend herself and her three minor children against a man who threatened their lives.

by posted on August 4, 2023
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A Tennessee woman who shot and killed a 38-year-old man who posed a threat to her and her minor children will not face charges, according to reports, as the shooting has been deemed justifiable self-defense and defense to third parties.

In fact, the woman was commended for her brave actions by the District Attorney General, Chris Sanford. “As a result of the clear case of self-defense and defense of a third-party present here, no charges will be brought against Desiree Mears in connection with the shooting death described herein,” Stanford said in a press release.

“I also want to commend Ms. Mears for her bravery as she acted under extreme pressure yet decided to protect herself and children from the imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death that she was imminently facing. It is never easy for victims of violence to stand up to those that are trying to hurt and kill them. However, Ms. Mears’ bravery last night likely saved her life and the lives of her children, and she is commended for her courage.”

Requesting privacy for the victims, Sanford said, “It is never easy to take a life, even in the instance of a justified killing, such as this one.” (; McMinnville, TN; 6/13/23)


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