Man killed in Columbus home invasion had prior record of violence

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that a man who was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion had been one of a number of people charged in 2013 after what police said was “a riot” that turned fatal in Circleville.

From the article:

Columbus police said yesterday that someone who lives at 556 Station Rd., south of Sullivant Avenue, called 911 at

10:17 p.m. and said someone with a gun had broken in.

The caller reported that he had shot the intruder. Police responded and found Brandon Bolin, 19, dead inside the house.

The resident of the home and several witnesses were interviewed by police but all were released, police said. Detectives said the investigation continues.

According to the Dispatch, the 2013 street brawl involving Bolin broke out after he had reportedly tried to break into a home in the neighborhood and had been caught, prompting the fight. A young woman involved in the fight collapsed and died. It was initially believed that she had been kicked in the head, but an autopsy revealed an aneurysm had ruptured after her blood pressure rose during the fight.

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 is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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