Sheriff: Shooter ‘defending his home’

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM.

“He had a right to defend his home, Mr. Page did. If they feel threatened or they’re scared, they have the right,” said the sheriff. “It’s a terrible situation. It’s a tough time. I feel like what we have right now is that he was defending his home.”

Mock and Johnson both said the home’s isolated location, and the time of night, figured into investigators’ analysis of the circumstances surrounding the situation.

“It’s all based on what Mr. Page believes,” said Johnson. “He was in fear of his life.”

Stand Your Ground ‘potentially pertinent’

Mock said he could not answer as to why Page did not call 911 when he first noticed Fasbenner on the property, and after he was non-verbal to Page. “It was absolutely a time for law enforcement,” said the sheriff. “There’s no way to know why, only he (Page) knows that. That would be a question he would have to answer.”

Mock said investigators remained in contact with Assistant State Attorney Jarred Patterson throughout their work, and in the written release wrote “both came to the conclusion that there would be no charges filed based on the information at this time.”

Patterson said he spoke with State Attorney Willie Meggs Friday morning, to inform him about the shooting. Patterson said he planned to meet Wednesday with Mock to go over his findings, and at that time the prosecutor’s office would review the case to determine whether or not to take any further action in the case.

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