Prosecutor: Homeowner justified in fatally shooting Lansing man during attempted burglary – Lansing State Journal

Prosecutor: Homeowner justified in fatally shooting Lansing man during attempted burglary - Lansing State Journal

Prosecutor rules homeowner was justified in shooting man during a burglary

SEBEWA TWP. — A 69-year-old Ionia County homeowner who fatally shot a Lansing man will not be charged with the mans death, prosecutors say. 

Justin Eddy, 40, was shot and killed during a reported attempted home burglary in Sebewa Township, near Portland, in early January. 

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.

Prosecutor: Michigan man justified in fatally shooting intruder

Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler ruled Monday that the homeowner acted in self-defense when he shot Eddy, and chose not to issue charges.

A man, later identified as Eddy, forced his way into a home in the 4000 block of East Musgrove Highway occupied by a married couple, a 69-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman, just after 10:30 p.m. Jan 1. 

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.

He told the couple he was being chased by someone who was trying to kill him, according to the news release. He had arrived at the couples home in a pickup that had been stolen from a home about two miles east, according to the news release. He abandoned his own pickup at that location, leaving the engine running and headlights on. 

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.

The man grabbed his gun and went outside with Eddy, while his wife stayed inside and called 911. They were not able to find anyone outside. 

The man told Eddy “Dont come in here,” just before the 911 call ended, according to the news release. The police investigation showed Eddy went back inside the home and smashed the cell phone and asked for the gun several times. 

Eddy struck the man in the face and pushed him down to the ground and attempted to take the gun from the mans waistband before the man shot and killed Eddy, according to the news release. 

He was pronounced dead at 11:36 p.m. Toxicology reports showed Eddy had a blood alcohol content of 0.25 and the presence of fentanyl in his system, supporting his “erratic behavior,” according to the release. He had struggled with drug abuse and had recent contacts with police and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Although Eddy was not armed at the time of his death, the male homeowner was “nonetheless in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm” when Eddy was in his house, Butler said in the news release. 

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SEBEWA TOWNSHIP, MI (WILX) — The Ionia County prosecutor has decided a homeowner was justified when he shot and killed a man from Lansing on New Years Day.

Justin Eddy broke into a couples home on Musgrove Highway in Sebewa Township, near Portland, late that night. He told the homeowners he was being chased by someone. The owner grabbed a gun and went outside with Eddy to look around. They headed back onside after not finding anything. The homeowner told police Eddy then started acting erratically and assaulted him. He responded by shooting Eddy.

Police later found Eddys truck parked at a business a couple miles away. The engine was running and the headlights were on. Eddy had stolen another truck and drove it to the couples home where he was shot. Ionia County Sheriff Charlie Noll told wilx.com at the time investigators found evidence that Eddy had been drinking and using drugs.


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