No charges to be filed in South Bend home invasion shooting


A 73-year-old homeowner will not face charges in a home invasion that left one man dead.

South Bend Police responded to reports of a home invasion in the 400 block of Corby Bld back in July.

When they arrived, officers say they found suspect, Curtis William Trent, 45, dead at the back of the home.

Police reports say:

The investigation revealed that the homeowner returned to his home and found a person had entered his dwelling unlawfully, and was still in the home. When the homeowner confronted the uninvited trespasser (identified as Curtis Trent), a physical confrontation ensued. During the course of the encounter, a shot was fired. Mr. Trent subsequently died from his injuries.

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; ifthe 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."

Based upon the law, no charges will be filed and the investigation is concluded.