Castle Doctrine means no charges in bow-and-arrow self defense killing.

Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler will not charge a…

Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler will not charge a man who fatally shot another man with a bow and arrow, saying today that changes in the state’s Castle Doctrine factored into his decision.

Mr. Spangler said the unidentified 38-year-old Center City man who confessed to shooting Tony L. Bittinger on Oct. 10 claimed he did so in self-defense.

Mr. Bittinger was found shot through the chest with an arrow near the front steps to the man’s house.

The man told him to leave repeatedly. When Mr. Bittinger attempted to come up the stairs, the man shot him in the chest with an arrow. He died before first responders arrived.

Source: Moriah Balingit for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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  • R. R. Ferris

    Bless the man’s heart. Maybe the idiot criminals will set up and take notice of the fact that their line of work is in the high risk department and the chances are better than even that they are going to get killed buy lawfully armed citizens when they assault folks and invade their homes. Tony Bittenger is one less bad guy the good folks in Oklahoma have to worry about; afterall, Mr. Bittenger chose to be the bad guy. He asked for it and he got it! Good riddance!