Akron homeowner defends own life during home invasion

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that a homeowner used a firearm to defend himself when an armed intruder entered his home early Saturday morning.

From the article:

Demetrius Horton, 41, was shot by a homeowner on the 2200 block of Richmond Road after he broke into the house, according to police and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police responded around 5:45 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call that a man armed with a gun broke into the home and had been shot by a resident.

When officers arrived, the resident exited the home and said the suspect was still inside, police said in a news release. Officers entered and found Horton with apparent gunshot wounds and administered first aid. Horton died at the scene.

Investigators say Horton had a pistol on him and entered through an unlocked kitchen window.

Under Ohio's Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters or attempts to enter an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State.

Chad D. Baus served as Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary from 2013-2019. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website, and is also an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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