There is a verdict in Colorado where Green Beret Michael Joseph Galvin shot and killed Robert Carrigan after Carrigan broke into his garage. Carrigan was shot three times in the back. The case raised a threshold question of whether the state’s “Make My Day” law applied to a shooting in a garage detached by the home of the shooter. A jury clearly believed that it did and acquitted Galvin from the charge of negligent homicide.
Galvin, 35, is a Fort Carson as a communications sergeant and Arabic language expert who has served in the Army Special Forces for 12 years.
The Colorado law, CRS 18-1-704, states:
The affirmative defense of self-defense is found in section 18-1-704 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
That statute states, in pertinent part, as follows:
(1) … a person is justified in using physical force upon another person in order to defend himself…
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