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Alleged Burglary Turned Fatal When Homeowner Shot Man to Death

An alleged burglary turned fatal when a homeowner shot a man to death. he says the burglar tried to enter his home.
An alleged burglary turned fatal when a homeowner shot a man to death.  he says the burglar tried to enter his home.   The FWPD responded to the shooting just south of Downtown. 

A nearby neighbor says that the targeted homeowner is a Vietnam Veteran in his 70's.  He believes he would never hurt a person and that he used his gun as a last resort.

"He's not some gun maniac.  If he had to shoot that fella then he probably felt he had no other choice", says Willis Bolin who has lived next to the homeowner of the target for 6 years.
"I'm surprised they chose him, they had to know he lived alone but they chose the wrong place."

Sunday night Fort Wayne Police were called to the 300 block of Melita Street.

"The homeowner, who was there alone, had heard some noises so he went to investigate and was confronted by the individual."

Public Information Officer Michael Joyner says police responded to a shooting.  Upon arrival, they found Ricardo Hood, a 33 year old male dead at the scene from gunshot wounds.  Hood's death has been ruled a homicide and is the 35th for Fort Wayne this year.  There are currently no charges filed against the homeowner.

"If you have nothing else that you can do other than be confronted by the threat, you have to do what you have to do to protect yourself."

He says the homeowner acted out of self-defense.

"The last option is to confront someone in your home.  You have to protect yourself."

Police don't recommend shooting a burglar.  In the state of Indiana a homeowner is protected by the Stand Your Ground Law.

"It's clear that there are times when we might not get there soon enough because the situation is rapidly unfolding."

In this situation, Indiana State Law says a person is justified to use deadly force if:
"The person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony."

For our viewers in the Buckeye State, the Castle Law also protects homeowners.  In Ohio, you can only be charged for hurting an intruder if it's proven that the intruder entered your property without the intent to cause harm.

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