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Man shot to death by homeowner while attempting break-in

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Lucas Hassen - courtesy Toledo Blade Lucas Hassen - courtesy Toledo Blade

Toledo Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man who was attempting to break into his home early Saturday morning.

Residents in the 4500 block of Douglas woke up to a scary scene on Saturday as police investigated the death of 24-year-old Lucas Hassen.

Police say around 1 a.m. Saturday morning a homeowner woke to the sound of his side door being kicked in. Officers say 45-year-old Bryan Loyer grabbed his gun and alerted the suspect that he was armed.

Loyer told police the suspect continued kicking in the door and that's when shots were fired.

Hassen was hit once and then fled. He was found dead two houses away in Joan Rutherford's backyard.

Rutherford says she doesn't blame her neighbor for shooting. "I'm all for the homeowner doing what he did because I think a few of our houses have been broken into in the past."

Neighbor Ken Jewson agrees. "I think the homeowner was in his rights, cause I'll tell ya, if anything happens like that in my house, I'm doing the same thing."

Firearms instructor Michael Burkett says that under the castle doctrine, the homeowner is protected. "The number one unquestionable criteria is fear for your life and obviously theman feared for his life. He warned, warning wasn't heeded. He did what he had to do."

Lucas Hassen's family declined to comment.

Police say as of now, the homeowner is not facing any charges, but death remains under investigation. An autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted on Monday.

 

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