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Prosecutor: Ionia man justified in fatally shooting intruder

April 22, 2019

SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor says a 69-year-old mid-Michigan homeowner was justified when he fatally shot a man who broke into his home and attacked him.

Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler ruled Monday that the homeowner acted in self-defense Jan. 1 and won’t face charges for shooting 40-year-old Justin Eddy of Lansing.

The Lansing State Journal reports that while Eddy was unarmed at the time, Butler said the homeowner was “nonetheless in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm” when Eddy forced his way into the home just around 10:30 p.m. in Sebewa Township, about 105 miles (169 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Authorities have said Eddy told the man and his 63-year-old wife he was being chased by someone and then began acting erratically and attacked the homeowner.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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