NILES - A 40-year-old Niles homeowner, who fired a shotgun blast through the front door of his house killing a man trying to break in last month, was cleared Wednesday, according to an opinion from the Trumbull County prosecutor.
A news release from Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said actions on the part of Roy Hahn, who has lived at 1539 Niles Cortland Road the past 15 years, will not be presented to a grand jury since the only "possible crimes were committed by the deceased and his accomplices."
Watkins' opinion said the man killed, Terry Dew Allen, 36, 1738 Morris St., Mineral Ridge, was hit once in the chest by the blast from Hahn's single-shot, 16-gauge shotgun that was still loaded from last year's deer hunting season.
Hahn, who has no criminal record, told police he was awakened July 12 by two or three people trying to break into his side door. He grabbed the gun and saw at least two of the individuals trying to get into the front door.
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