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Self-Defense? Store Owner Kills Teen During Robbery Attempt

A pharmacist who shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a robbery attempt is facing first-degree murder charges in Oklahoma City, Ok. On May 19, two teens, Antwun Parker and a second unnamed robber who was brandishing a weapon, attempted to rob the pharmacy of Jerome Ersland. Ersland first shot the unarmed Parker, chased after the second armed teen, then returned and shot Parker again, killing him. Ersland is being charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to have a bail hearing later this week. The second robber is currently on the run. Police say he will also be charged with first-degree murder for his role in the robbery once he is caught.

Opposing Views asks: Should Ersland be charged with murder or was this a case of self-defense?


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