After violating a restraining order, 43 year old Nicky Wilkinson was shot and killed by his estranged wife’s neighbor outside of her home in Ascension Parish, Louisiana.
According to a statement from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, they received a call about a struggle coming from Wilkinson’s wife’s home. It was at that point, in which the neighbor, who was not named, for safety and legal purposes, grabbed a gun and walked outside to investigate and see if he could be of assistance.
While walking toward Wilkinson’s wife’s house, the neighbor was met by Nicky Wilkinson, who was also armed with a handgun. A confrontation immediately ensued between the two. However, when Wilkinson aimed his gun at the neighbor, the neighbor pulled his own gun and fired a single shot, which struck Wilkinson.
When deputies arrived a short time later, the neighbor was still standing in the yard and explained what had just transpired. It was then that Wilkinson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Later, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Wilkinson’s wife filed for a restraining order against him in February, which was issued and active at the time of the shooting.
The sheriff’s office made no mention of possible charges for the neighbor, at the time of writing, but under Louisiana state law, deadly force is considered justified “when committed in self-defense by one who reasonably believes that he is in imminent danger of losing his life or receiving great bodily harm and that the killing is necessary to save himself from that danger.”
In our mind, we have a hero who not only defended himself, but defended a terrified, abused woman from a terrible and dangerous man.