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Search for answers after fatal shooting of intruder

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The coroner has released autopsy results on the man who police say was killed as he tried to break into a West Toledo home over the weekend.

Toledo Police Sergeant Joe Heffernan says investigators are talking to family and friends of 24-year-old Lucas Hassen to determine why he kicked in the door of a stranger's home at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday.

"We just don't know and we may never know," says Heffernan. "Was there any kind of level of intoxication or something else in his system?"

Police say the homeowner on the 4500 block of Douglas Road woke up when he heard Hassen kicking in his side door. Police say the homeowner, 45-year-old Bryan Loyer, grabbed his gun.

"He warned the guy, the intruder, to stop, that he was armed and that he would fire," says Heffernan. "He did not stop."

Loyer shot Hassen once. Hassen fled and was found unresponsive two houses away.

13abc stopped by the Swanton home of Hassen's parents Monday, but family and neighbors declined to comment.

Loyer is also not commenting. His actions are likely justified under Ohio's Castle Doctrine.

However, Sgt. Heffernan says the incident is under investigation.

"When this type of situation happens, it is going to be closely examined," he says. "Every incident like this is different, and that's why you hate to make the blanket statement that, ‘hey if somebody is on your property you can shoot them,' because that's just not true."

The coroner says it will take several weeks for the results of Hassen's toxicology tests.

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