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Shooting Ruled Self-Defense, Man Still Faces Charges Of Illegal Firearm Possession

LA GRANGE, NORTH CAROLINA — Not all understand that if a firearm is used in self-defense, but that firearm isn’t legally possessed by the person shooting it in self-defense, they’re still justified in their actions of using lethal force.

However, they’ll still likely face other charges, such as illegal possession of a firearm, just like Julius Graham in this story.

Graham turned himself into police the day after a fatal shooting occurred at a convenience store. Terrence Outlaw, Jr. was at the store as well, and after police looked through security footage, noticed that Outlaw pulled a gun first during the altercation.

In response, Graham drew his own gun and shot Outlaw, who died from his injuries.

Since the shooting was ruled self-defense, Graham will not face any charges in relation to the actual shooting. However, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and obstruction of justice.

He was arrested and taken to jail on a $40,000 secured bond.

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