Killing at Fort Wayne bar ruled self-defense

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The Allen County prosecutor

Photo from WANE-TV

FORT WAYNE Fort Wayne's first homicide of 2014 has been determined to be self-defense.

The Allen County prosecutor's office says no charges will be filed in the Jan. 19 shooting and killing of 32-year-old Damian Miller II.

WANE-TV reports that investigators found that a security guard at a northside bar shot Miller in self-defense after Miller struck him in the mouth with a broken beer bottle.

The statement from the prosecutor's office didn't say what started the fight. A friend of Miller's previously said the pair began fighting while the guard was trying to get everyone to leave at closing time.

Indiana's self-defense law doesn't require a person to retreat if the person reasonably believes force is justified.

As of July 7, Fort Wayne had seen eight homicides this year.

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