Homeowner Arrested After Shooting Intruders

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Jerry Rasmussen was arrested for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm


A homeowner who shot two people who allegedly broke into his home is now under arrest.

Wednesday morning, 60-year-old Jerry Rasmussen shot at two people after finding them inside his Fair Oaks home.

One of the intruders died, the other was able to get to a hospital. Sacramento County Sheriff deputies caught up with the second suspect there, and arrested him.

Deputies are investigating the incident further, and arrested Rasmussen because they learned he is an ex-felon and he used a gun in this incident.

He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail at this time just for the charge of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

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  • frank

    I swear just because someone is a ex felon and is protecting his home he gets aressted. That law sucks because I’m a ex felon and i will be damn if i let someone break in my house

  • singerguy

    So because the homeowner is an ex-felon, he doesn't have the right to defend himself in his home anymore? It's OK, I'll wait while you go read your copy of the Constitution and try to find the ex-felon exemption to the 2nd Amendment.

  • Poe

    if you read the story correctly the man didn’t get arrested for defending his home. He got arrested because he’s an ex felon with a gun.

  • scottsjca

    @singerguy, you won't find it in the constitution. It is under the Gun Control Act of 1968. The second amendment states our right as law abiding citizens as interpreted by the Supreme Court (Heller v DC; Mcdonald v Chicago). Being an convicted of a felon, you waive your right to gun ownership. Sorry felons, but maybe you shouldn't have decided to commit a crime. You made the choice now live with it.

  • tanjalindberg

    I personally know this homeowner. This man is a god fearing Christian man. There has been numerous break ins. Please keep this man in your prayers.

  • veryconcerned12

    What is the alleged firearm? My bet is the gun used is not a firearm as defined by federal law. A handgun is NOT a firearm by the legal definition under US Code and a shotgun or rifle is not either unless it has a barrel length less than 18 inches. The charge is BOGUS! The man is being denied his rights and the officers and the County are now fully liable for violating those rights.

  • veryconcerned12

    No, a gun has nothing to do with it. He was charged for having a FIREARM, not a GUN! People need to READ the US Code definition for FIREARM. I DOUBT he had a firearm as defined by the legal definition. It is not the same definition found in Websters dictionary. The man's rights have been violated, period!

  • veryconcerned12

    You cannot be forced to waive any of your rights. Civil rights perhaps, but not your rights. And I would suggest reading the US Code to learn the correct legal definition that defines a firearm. It does not mean a gun. A handgun, rifle, shotgun is NOT a firearm under the definition UNLESS it has a barrel of 3 inches in diameter or a barrel less than 18 inches on a rifle or shotgun.

  • MoralOral

    You are one mixed up person! you cannot take one section of the US Code and pretend to know the whole code! No doubt this is what you are using. 26 USCA § 861 (a), which you seem to think is the whole code! Another person who we don't need on our side thank you!

    LEARN THE WHOLE CODE then spout off all you want, but until then realize the US Code on Firearms is vast, but in general this is the definition of a Firearm as defined by US Code: Any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.

  • MoralOral

    I guess YOU need to learn the correct US Codes defining Firearms, Firearm rights And the many amendments to the 2nd Amendment. So take a few hours and read it, as it is long and vast. But in general at minimum a Firearm is defined as:
    Any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.

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