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.