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Firearms expert explains when it's OK for a CPL holder to intervene

Posted at 9:00 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 09:00:01-04

ROSEVILLE (WXYZ) — Roseville police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened during a basketball game Tuesday evening.

An altercation over a basketball game at Eastland Basketball City led to one person being fatally shot and a CPL holder being placed in police custody.

Police say following the initial altercation, one of the individuals involved left the scene and later returned with a firearm. A valid CPL holder intervened. There was a brief exchange of gun fire and the individual who returned with a firearm was shot dead by the CPL holder.

Retired officer, attorney, and owner of firearm store Action Impact, William Kucyk, weighed in on preliminary information. Kucyk said the use of force in situations of a third party are a common question.

"They are allowed to use deadly force," Kucyk said. "You have to be facing immediate risk of life-threatening injury or death. If you were to intercede on a third party's behalf, they would have to be facing immediate life injury or death. But if they weren't, you're certainly not OK."

He said it's likely firearms are not allowed inside Basketball City, which could be key in the investigation.

"If you don't know enough about the situation you can certainly make a critical mistake," Kucyk said.

Action News made multiple attempts to contact the owner of Basketball City to no avail.