Does the Castle Doctrine cover protecting your car parked out in the street?
Qns. FBI agent shoots guy busting into his car
By LARRY CELONA, JOSH MARGOLIN and BOB FREDERICKS
Posted: 2:10 AM, July 19, 2012
They picked the wrong car to mess with.
An off-duty FBI agent opened fire from his bedroom window on three punks breaking into his ride in Queens just before dawn yesterday — striking one of the perps in the back, sources told The Post.
The agent’s wife was nursing the couple’s 5-week-old child at about 5 a.m. when she heard a car alarm go off, sources said.
She looked out the window and saw three men trying to steal a radio after removing the front passenger window from the couple’s red Lexus in South Ozone Park.
“She started banging on the window but they didn’t stop,” a source said.
Photos: Ellis Kaplan
RED ALERT! The alleged thieves didn’t know what a poor choice they had made in targeting the red Lexus of an armed federal agent whose bedroom window overlooked the scene.
“He knew he hit one of them because the guy fell to the ground. The other two guys dragged him into their car and drove off” in a black Nissan sedan driven by a fourth suspect, a source said.
The agent’s wife called 911. A law-enforcement source said it sounds as if she’s yelling, “Shoot!” on the tape of the call.
Cops canvassed the area and local medical facilities and found the wounded suspect and two of his pals at Brookdale Hospital, where he was in the ICU being treated for a lower back wound.
Sources identified him as Adrian Ricketts, 23, of Canarsie, Brooklyn, who has a record that includes robbery.
The other suspects were identified as Lyster Hensford, 23, of Flatbush, who has priors for burglary and possession of stolen property, and Shamarie Jackson, 28, of Crown Heights, whose rap sheet includes more than 20 busts for petty thefts and other crimes.
Cops are seeking the getaway driver, who they suspect is Ricketts’ brother, the sources said.
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In NY, you can only use deadly force as a civilian to stop rape, arson or someone in your home, but not to protect property.