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Missourians weigh in on the use of deadly force

A story out of Franklin County, Missouri has some of us wondering, how far can you go to protect yourself?

Police are investigating after a man fatally stabbed an intruder in his home earlier this week just four months after killing another intruder.

The Missouri man is not facing any charges in the first incident, where he shot someone he said was breaking into his home.

So, what do some Missourians say about using deadly force?

Earlier this week, Mike Weiner says he woke up to a man inside his home, threatening to kill him.

Weiner told police the intruder, Eric Frazer went after him with an ax.

Police say that's when Wiener stabbed Frazer multiple times, in an act of self-defense.

"He said, ‘I will kill you.' I am going to kill you.' He was going to kill me,” said Weiner.

This marks the second time in four months Weiner used deadly force on an intruder.

Missouri is one of several states where a person does NOT have the duty to retreat if being unlawfully attacked.

The law states you can use deadly force if you reasonably believe it is necessary.

This includes inside your home or vehicle.

"I want to make sure that I am safe and that I don't have any issues,” said Lanell Lang.

Lang says she grew up around guns.

Today she not only carries one with her at all times along with her concealed carry license- but feels safe with having one inside her home.

"Just with the crime rate getting higher and different things happening, different events that have happened it just kind of makes you aware of your surroundings and wanting to protect yourself and your family,” she said.

Police later found the intruder in the homeowner's stolen vehicle.

He was transported to a hospital where he died.

The case has been handed over to persecutors for review.

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