COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police say they are turning over to prosecutors the case of a Southeast Side homeowner who apparently shot a burglar to death.
UPDATE: On May 14, Columbus police identified the homeowner as Emerson Frazier.
Homicide detectives say the 69-year-old man who lived at 990 Bruckner Road grabbed his gun and went to was investigate the burglary alarm shortly before 4:00 a.m. Monday when he discovered two men inside his garage. The three began to struggle and the gun went off, hitting one of the would-be burglars in the upper body, police said.
The second suspect continued to grapple with the resident and his 58-year-old wife before running away.
Officers responding to the burglar alarm found the victim, who was transported to Grant Medical Center where he died about two hours later.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, the shooting victim was identified by police as Rayley Kroah, 21.
The name of the homeowner was not released.
The second suspect was described only as a white male.
The couple’s daughter told the newspaper it was the second time in a week that someone broke into the garage.
No charges had been filed late Monday and detectives said the case would be forwarded to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
This is the 35th homicide of 2014 in Columbus.
Any persons with information are asked to contact CPD Homicide 614-645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 614-645-TIPS.