SHELBY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A homeowner who fatally shot a Sidney man trying to breaking into his home will not be charged.
Shelby County Prosecutor Tim Sell said a grand jury declined to go forward with charges against the man for the incident on Sunday, July 31 that led to the death of 22-year-old James Rayl.
Rayl started beating on the door of the home where his ex-girlfriend lives, and the homeowner told him to leave and that he had a gun, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Rayl then shouldered the door several times, eventually breaking the door open and started to enter the home. Once Rayl entered, the homeowner fired three rounds. Rayl staggered back to the front of the garage where he fell.
Rayl died at the scene.
Rather than being subjected to a long investigation and possible spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, one month later the homeowner is cleared and can resume a “normal” life. The investment of less than a couple of hundred bucks on a doorbell camera probably not only provided advanced warning on what was on the other side of the door, but his actions and gave time for the homeowner to prepare to repeal the upcoming attack. Being able to provide the evidence of the intruder’s attack and the lawful deadly force response is the outstanding legal cherry on top.