If you found signs of forced entry and a naked guy in your shower… what would YOU do?
In Washington state, the answer is to leave him there or you could be charged with murder.
Nathaniel Joseph Rosa, a 31-year old teacher’s aide, was shot and killed by an unidentified homeowner in Belfair, Washington on Saturday morning.
The homeowner owns two pieces of property side-by-side. One is his residence, and the other is where he runs an internet-based business. It was in the home that is used for a business that Rosa had forced his way in and was using the shower.
After confronting Rosa, the homeowner left to retrieve his gun.
He returned and shot Rosa.
The homeowner is being charged with second-degree murder.
He told police he noticed signs of forced entry when he went to work on Saturday.
The man said he went inside and found Rosa using the shower.
Police said the homeowner confronted Rosa and the pair exchanged words before he left and returned to his house next door to retrieve his gun.
The man then allegedly came back to the property and fired multiple rounds into the shower, killing Rosa, according to Mason County Sheriff’s Lt. Travis Adams.
He then called 911 to report the shooting.
Detective have argued the homeowner had plenty of time to call authorities during the time he went home,
retrieved his gun and returned to shoot Rosa.
They also do not believe the man gave any warning to Rosa – who was not believed to have been armed at the time – before he opened fire.
The homeowner has since been arrested and charged with second degree murder…
…Mason County Sheriff’s posted on Twitter on Saturday saying: ‘Lots of reactions to the arrest. There is more to the story that can not be released yet. You may reserve your judgement until facts are out.’
Investigators said the homeowner is cooperating with detectives.
‘Certainly he had an opportunity to call law enforcement at that time,’ Adams said.
‘We’ve contacted our local prosecutor, explained the circumstances to him, and he agrees that 2nd degree murder was an appropriate charge in this case.’
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What do you think of this story?
Was the homeowner wrong for shooting a man without being threatened?
Should he have called the police instead?
Should he have waited to be threatened?
Or is the second-degree murder charge B.S.?
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