Partier Knocks on Wrong Door, Gets Shot

Home belongs to a fire department captain in Vegas

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2014 9:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – A partygoer knocked on the wrong door in Las Vegas yesterday morning—and caught a bullet for his troubles. According to police, two men in their 20s had briefly left a birthday party and were trying to return just before 2 am when they made the mistake. They didn't understand why they weren't being let in and began arguing with the homeowner, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The homeowner apparently believed they were burglars and fired a shot through the door, say police.

The bullet hit one of the men in the chest, though the injury doesn't appear to be life-threatening, hospital officials tell the Las Vegas Sun. Police haven't released the names of anyone involved, but the house belongs to Las Vegas Fire Department Capt. Victor Thompson. Police say the incident is still being investigated, but if charges are filed, defense lawyers say the homeowner could use Nevada's "stand your ground" law, which requires only that a shooter have a reasonable belief that his life is threatened. "It all comes down to what a jury is going to think is reasonable," a lawyer said.

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