October 26, 2020

No charges filed in fatal shooting of man who attempted home break-in

Authorities haven’t filed any charges in the death of an armed man who police say was fatally wounded while breaking into a home in south Alabama.

Dantrail Mills, 34, of Ozark suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a confrontation that occurred early Sunday, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office told new outlets. He allegedly threw a bicycle at a window then kicked in a door and shot at the male homeowner, who returned fire.

Investigators are still reviewing what happened but the case could fall under a state “stand your ground” law that lets people use force to protect themselves.

Sheriff Donald Valenza said Mills knew the people inside the house, whose names haven’t been released, but the relationship is unclear.

Mills, who died at a hospital on Tuesday, had been arrested multiple times before and was released from custody through a federal program in March.