A man who fatally shot a suspected car thief in defense of his property was charged with murder this weekend.
Brian Baur, 56, of the 1600 block of Wakeling Street, will face murder charges for an incident in which he killed a man he suspected of trying to break into his truck behind a property on the 4500 block of Torresdale Avenue.
Baur fatally shot suspect Richard Hall, 30, of Maple Shade, New Jersey on Thursday, Aug. 21, and afterwards remained at the scene and explained to police what happened.
On Aug. 21 at about 10:19 p.m. police responded to calls of a person with a gun and responded to the rear driveway on the 4500 block of Josephine Street.
"Officers were met by an unknown white male who stated that he was the owner of the property and he had just shot someone that was trying to break into his vehicle," the police report states. "The officers observed an unresponsive white male lying on the ground bleeding from his head area."
Baur was brought to the homicide unit.
Hall was pronounced dead at 10:27 p.m.
Baur was officially charged with murder on Saturday evening.
While in states like Texas, deadly force can be used legally to protect a person's property, Pennsylvania state laws require the immediate threat of death of serious bodily harm to justify a legal self-defense killing.