LANSING - No criminal charges will be brought against a man who shot and killed another man who had entered forced his way into his home.
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings released a statement Friday stating that the homeowner was justified in the shooting as an act of self-defense. The shooting took place in the early morning hours of January 8th in the 2000 block of Georgetown Street in Lansing. 28-year-old Jeston Lawrence was shot and pronounced dead at the scene after entering the residence.
According to the prosecutor's press statement, Lawrence had repeatedly banged on the home's door. When the homeowner opened the door, Lawrence pushed his way inside. The homeowner repeatedly told Lawrence he did not live at that house, and told him to leave several times. But Lawrence kept pushing the homeowner and his wife and punched the homeowner in the groin. The prosecutor states photographic evidence supports the assault claim. The homeowner then told Lawrence that he had a gun, and would shoot him if he did not leave. Lawrence still refused to leave. The homeowner then shot Lawrence at close range, killing him.
The prosecutor says that the homeowner made repeated attempts to get Lawrence to leave, and warned him he had a gun. The homeowner had also been assaulted. Therefore, he determined that the homeowner acted in lawful self-defense.