A father in Omaha, Nebraska, was forced to defend himself, his home, and his 4-year-old daughter after he found a man inside his house Monday morning.
Larry Rohatsch told police that he got up to answer the door after someone rang the doorbell. However, before he could even answer it, the suspect was already inside the home. The father reportedly opened fire, fatally striking the suspect.
Police later found the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Darrell Miller, bleeding and shot on the front porch. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but he later died from his injuries.
Miller had kicked down Rohatsch’s door to gain entry after ringing the doorbell twice, according to a neighbor. The dad was at home with his 4-year-old daughter at the time.
"I think he did the right thing," neighbor Ann Gray, who reportedly watched Rohatsch’s daughter while police questioned the homeowner, told KMTV. "I think everyone should have a gun and be ready to defend themselves, and if someone's in your house, I think you have every right to defend your home and your loved ones and shoot them if you have to."
Gray also said the 4-year-old girl told her that the "bad man" was holding something in his hand.
Another neighbor, a military veteran, said it is Rohatsch’s right as an American to defend his family.
"His child was in danger, he was in danger, and I consider your life is in danger when someone comes through that door," he said.
Reports made no mention of the father facing potential charges in the shooting.
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