While call for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, a case in Houston is once again putting self-defense laws front and center in the media.
Sunday night, a deadly altercation between a 23-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man at a local gas station was caught on camera.
According to reports, the woman was pumping her gas when Lewis Daniel approached her. The victim allegedly made unwanted sexual advances toward the woman, who repeatedly told him to leave her alone. Daniel continued to advance toward the woman, who pulled a riffle from her trunk and warned him to leave her alone once again.
Witnesses say Daniel then lunged toward the woman with a knife in one hand and an umbrella in the other. The woman, claiming to fear for her life, shot the man multiple times.
The entire tragic incident was caught on tape.
The dead man’s family argues he was harmless and did not deserve to be killed.
“He was playful,” Deanna Kelly, the victim’s niece, told KTRK. “Everybody that knew him felt he was a joyful man.”
His brother echoed her sentiments and told reporters, “He only charged and took a swing at her because she got a gun.”
Texas is known for its liberal gun laws. Citizens can carry concealed weapons and the state also has its own version of a Stand Your Ground law. A Harris County grand jury is currently trying to decide whether or not the woman will be charged in connection with Daniel’s death.