A retired Department of Homeland Security agent allegedly fired gunshots at two burglars who entered his Queens home yesterday. Police sources told DNAinfo that the man found intruders in his home at 85-40 Somerset Street at around 3 p.m. when he

called 911

decided to mete consequences himself. The intruders fled shortly after the five or so shots were fired, and it's unclear if the bullets strike either of them. Police are still investigating the incident.

"Say," you ask, as you type "Beretta" into eBay. "Does New York have one of those laws that allows you to kill people who break into your home and try and steal your Apple TV?"

Kind of!

According to New York State Penal Law, Article 35, Section 15, you may not use deadly force unless

(a) The actor reasonably believes that such other person is using or about to use deadly physical force. Even in such case, however, the actor may not use deadly physical force if he or she knows that with complete personal safety, to oneself and others he or she may avoid the necessity of so doing by retreating; except that the actor is under no duty to retreat if he or she is:
(i) in his or her dwelling and not the initial aggressor; or
(ii) a police officer or peace officer or a person assisting a police officer or a peace officer at the latter's direction, acting pursuant to section 35.30; or
(b) He or she reasonably believes that such other person is committing or attempting to commit a kidnapping, forcible rape, forcible criminal sexual act or robbery; or
(c) He or she reasonably believes that such other person is committing or attempting to commit a burglary, and the circumstances are such that the use of deadly physical force is authorized by subdivision three of section 35.20.

Tally up another article for the NRA's "Armed Citizen" collection.

[UPDATE] A commenter points out that under a federal law passed in 2004, retired law enforcement officers may carry a concealed weapon in any jurisdiction in the United States, with a few exceptions. And now you know.