Prosecutor: 2013 homicide justified

Melita Street shooting
Melita Street shooting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The Allen County Prosecutors office has ruled that an October 2013 homicide was justified.

Police said 33-year-old Richard M. Hood was trying to break into a home on the 300-block of Melita Street when the homeowner shot and killed the would-be burglar. The prosecutor’s office has now determined that the killing was justified and indeed the result of self-defense.

The homeowner, a Vietnam Veteran in his 70′s,  was by himself at the time of the home invasion attempt. He told police he heard a noise at his front door and when he went to check it out, there was a confrontation with Hood.

The man has lived in the neighborhood for decades and was not injured. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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