LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A judge has dismissed murder and assault charges against a Louisville gun shop owner, saying he shot in self-defense.

William Albright is no longer charged in the shootings of two brothers, Cameron and Kyle Pearson.

The incident took place in a Valley Station parking lot in July of last year. Cameron Pearson died, and Kyle was wounded.

Police had said Albright shot the brothers as they struggled over a gun. That was after their gun fired.

The judge said Albright had reason to believe his life was in danger, so his use of force is justified under the law.

Stephanie Pearson, the mother of the two men, says she does not understand why the judge would dismiss the charges and wants the case appealed.

“I understand that you have a right to defend yourself, but you cannot go out and just shoot anybody that’s in the way,” Pearson said.

Robert Schaefer, William Albright’s attorney, says his client acted to protect himself and others.

“All we know is the situation he encountered when he walked out of his shop and ordered the brothers to put that gun down, and had the gun pointed at him, and the gun was pointed at other people," Schaefer said. "Shots had already been fired from that gun."

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