UPDATE: County Attorney Calls Shooting Justified

By: Joe Chiodo, Lena Tillet Email
By: Joe Chiodo, Lena Tillet Email
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Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine has decided not to file charges against the homeowner responsible for shooting and killing an intruder.

On Monday, County Attorney Don Kleine announced the shooting of Ramon Matlock was justified.

Kleine said, "He feared for his life. He was watching TV on a Saturday night, watching a basketball game. Someone intrudes on your house. He's not sure what this person is capable of. He wasn't asking for directions. He kicked the front door in and took a swing at him. He's justified in using deadly force to protect himself."

Officers arrived at North 49th and Fort shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday and found the body of 19-year-old Ramon Matlock of Omaha lying on the front lawn of the house. Police said he entered the residence through the front door.

Matlock’s family tells WOWT 6 News they want a full investigation and can’t think of a reason why Ramon would break into a home because he's never done so before. They say he has a job, has money and was on his way to the store from his aunt’s house two blocks away. They say his dad also lives two blocks away in the opposite direction. They wonder if he got confused and went to the wrong house.

"I want some extensive investigation into why the man is claiming this, and if it's so, well it's so, but if not, we want to get to the truth," said Richard Matlock, the suspect's grandfather.

Ramon’s grandfather though did tell WOWT 6 News he can understand why a homeowner would be scared in such a situation. "I want no retaliation or anything, the gentleman's at his home...so what else can you say? And I don't know the circumstances," he explained.

The 19 year old's aunt, Estelle Bowman, was the last person to see Ramon alive. He was at her house. "I don't understand why you shoot someone outside your house…he got shot outside he didn't get shot inside," she told WOWT 6 News.

His sister, Arlanda Dismuke is struggling with his death. "I miss my brother. Me and him had that bond nobody could take from us. I wish I had another day with him," she said.


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