A homeowner successfully defended himself against an alleged home invader, and now the alleged accomplice has been released without facing charges.
A reported home invasion in Terre Haute, Indiana resulted in the use of self-defense by a homeowner, who shot and killed the alleged invader early on Sunday morning. The incident serves as a reminder of the potential for a legally armed individual to prevent harm to innocent parties. The Terre Haute Police Department shared details of the event in a Facebook post.
The following post reads:
Vigo County Central Dispatch received a 911 call around 5:30 am today from the 200 block of N. Fruitridge Ave. reporting that a homeowner had just shot and intruder in their home. They also said that a second person that was with the intruder had fled the area on foot.
Multiple officers responded to the area, secured the scene and began an investigation. Officers located the second person that had been with the alleged intruder, hiding in a neighboring back yard and they were detained. The alleged intruder was determined to be deceased, at the scene.
Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians responded to the scene and this is currently an active investigation. There is no danger to the community and no further information can be released at this time.
The homeowner who fired the shots was not charged, which is appropriate, but the individual accompanying the alleged home invader was also released without facing charges, raising concerns.
On January 23rd, the Terre Haute Police Department provided additional information about the incident via a Facebook post, identifying the alleged home invader.
The man who was shot and killed during Sunday morning’s home invasion was 30 year old Michael Bell of Clay City. The person who was allegedly with Bell during the incident, was released Sunday without charges being filed at this time. No charges are being filed against the homeowner/victim. This is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released as the case allows.
The story is a prime example of why the 2nd Amendment is so important and crucial to our nation’s protection and future.