NEWARK, Ohio — Investigators say they don’t plan to pursue charges in the fatal shooting of an armed intruder at a central Ohio home after concluding it was self-defense.

Authorities in Licking County say the intruder entered a home in St. Louisville through an unlocked door and confronted the homeowner as he lay in bed early Sunday morning. Officials say that led to a fight that ended with the owner using his own handgun to repeatedly shoot the intruder, whom he knew.

The intruder was identified as 27-year-old Samuel Beskid II, of Cumberland.

Col. Chad Dennis of the county sheriff’s office says the homeowner was protecting children who were in the house, and investigators don’t have any indication that he committed a crime.

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