Robert Reams, who allegedly broke into a house in Louisiana, was shot dead by a homeowner. (Tangipahoa City Sheriff’s Office)
Officials say an investigation is ongoing but no charges have been filed as a result of Tuesday’s shooting.
The Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook, “This incident appears to have been a homeowner exercising his Second Amendment rights to protect himself and his children from violent home invasion.”
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Rheams had an extensive criminal record before his death, including a cocaine distribution conviction in 1997. He served nearly 21 years in prison for an armed robbery he committed in 2001, he said. Authorities also tied him to a carjacking hours before the burglary.
Travis told Fox News Digital that Reems had a disagreement with a woman at a local motel and was offered to ride with him by another motel resident. California man arrested for trying to steal goat shot from the elderly homeowner
After driving to an apartment where no one was responding to the door, Rheams returned to the car and began “attacking,” Travis said. According to Travis, the car fell into a ditch and the driver fled the area. Reems reportedly tried to drive the car away, but he was unable to get it out of the ditch. Travis said the residence where Rheams was shot is about three blocks from where the carjacking took place. He speculated that there was no indication that the homeowner and Reems knew each other, and it was likely that Reems had accidentally targeted the house to steal a car.
Once the investigation is complete, the sheriff said the case will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for further consideration.