No charges to be filed in fatal South Bend home invasion shooting

No charges will be filed in a fatal South Bend home invasion shooting.

The initial call came in on July 28 on the 400 block of E. Corby Boulevard.

When police entered the home, they discovered a deceased man face down on the floor. Police say there were signs of forced entry on the west side of the house.

The homeowner, 73-year-old Michael Parcher, was also present at the house and was injured.

County Metro Homicide (CMHU) was called in per protocol to assist in the investigation.

After reviewing the evidence, investigators determined that Parcher had interrupted an apparent burglary. He was attacked by the suspect, 45-year-old Curtis Trent. A shot was fired, and Trent died from his injuries.

On August 14, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office determined that Parcher's actions in shooting Trent constituted justifiable homicide under I.C. 35-41-3-2(d). As such, no criminal charges will be filed.

I.C. 35-41-3-2(d) specifically states "a person: (1) is justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force, against any other person; and (2) does not have a duty to retreat; if the person reasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent or terminate the other person's unlawful entry of or attack on the person's dwelling, curtilage or occupied motor vehicle."

Trent was the founder of Project TRUCE, an anti-violence group designed to "assist at-risk youth through violence prevention and gang intervention programs," according to the group's Facebook page.

The group held a meeting at the South Bend YMCA as recently as July 3.

Trent's work mentoring South Bend youth can be traced back more than a decade.

According to the Indiana Dept. of Corrections, Trent spent three years in prison for a burglary charge in 1993.

Upon his release, Trent said he turned to God, reformed himself and set out to "reclaim a generation of lost and troubled youths."

NewsCenter16 interviewed Trent in April of 2000 about his mentorship role in the community.

"I'm always hopeful that something I can say can deter someone else from taking the route I had to take," Trent told WNDU's Dawn Meyer.