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Ex-Con Who Kicked In Elderly Man’s Door Shouldn’t Have Done That

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Ex-Con Who Kicked In Elderly Man’s Door Shouldn’t Have Done That

Friday’s incident was the second self-defense shooting in Columbus this month.

A 71-year-old widower described by neighbors as friendly and quiet was forced to defend his home with lethal force on Friday against a felon who was trying to kick down his door.

Police in Columbus, Ohio say that the homeowner, Joseph Miklich, called 911 after the mid-day incident.

“Some guy broke into my house, and I shot him,” Miklich told a 911 dispatcher. “He kicked the door in.”

When police arrived, they found damage to Miklich’s door and 31-year-old Michael Rinehart dead on the front porch.

Miklich claimed he did not know the home invader, but the law did. Rinehart had served a four year prison sentence after being convicted of burglary in 2010. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Rinehart applied for early release in 2013 but was denied.

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