Nebraska resident Larry Rohatsch shot and killed an intruder in his home on Monday morning. Rohatsch was at home with his four-year-old daughter when the intruder, 48-year-old Darrell Miller, broke in.
Rohatsch told police he heard his doorbell ring twice around 9 a.m. on Monday. Before Rohatsch could answer his door, Miller broke in. Rohatsch opened fire when he saw Miller in his home, and Miller died later that day.
KMTV reports that the break-in is the sixth in Rohatsch’s neighborhood in the last six months. When interviewed by KMTV, neighbors said they supported Rohatch’s decision to shoot Miller.
“His child was in danger, he was in danger, and I consider your life is in danger when someone comes through that door,” said one unnamed neighbor and combat veteran.
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Ann Gray says she thinks Rohatsch did the “right thing.”
“I think he did the right thing,” she said. “I think everyone should have a gun and be ready to defend themselves, and if someone’s in your house, I think you have every right to defend your home and your loved ones and shoot them if you have to.”
Gray says she spoke with Rohatsch’s four-year-old daughter after the break-in, and the girl told her the “bad man” was holding something in his hand when her father found him.
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It does not look like Rohatsch will face any charges for the shooting.
Miller, the intruder, has a criminal record. He spent several years in jail for theft and domestic assault convictions.