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No charges for October shooting

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards ruled Monday that she will not file charges in connection with the October shooting death of 33-year-old Ricardo Hood.

In a statement issued Monday, Richards said that the man who lived in the house in the 300 block of Melita Street acted in self-defense when he shot Hood to death.

On Oct. 6, Hood, a convicted felon released from prison just three months before, was shot to death on the front porch of the house after reportedly trying to burglarize it. Hood had multiple convictions for theft, failure to return to lawful detention, domestic battery and other charges. He was released from prison in June, according to records.

His death was Allen County’s 35th homicide of 2013, one of 45 in a record-setting year. The investigation into Hood’s death was conducted by the Fort Wayne Police Department. It was one of five homicides reviewed by the prosecutor’s office last year, including four police-action shootings.

Richards has yet to rule on one homicide from 2013 – the April police-action shooting of Tavontae Haney.

rgreen@jg.net

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