Homeowner hit with $85,000 in legal bills after intruder he shot sues him

Homeowner hit with $85,000 in legal bills after intruder he shot sues him
Joe Balistreri (Image: KPIX video screen grab)

There is no doubt that this is an injustice. Joe Balistreri and his family had spent the night at his parents’ house in Foster City, California. After he shot an intruder in the home, Balistreri was then sued by the intruder in a civil suit, which placed a large monetary burden on him. Instead of tossing out the frivolous suit, the case moved forward, and even though Balistreri won the case, he has had to start a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of his attorney.

Balistreri believes there is an injustice in the court system, and indeed there is.

He told his story to a local CBS affiliate in San Francisco.

“I heard the noise coming from the front door. I heard clicking, rattling of the door handle,” he recalled. “I woke up my father, told him someone’s trying to break into your house, where’s your gun?”

According to the report, the intruder attempted to come through the front door, but was unable, so he made his way around to the back of the house and entered the garage through a side door.

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