There will be no charges filed against a Washington resident who shot and killed a St. Clair man who came into his home.
Adam J. Harness, 26, St. Clair, died from gunshot wounds following the shooting at Sunrise Valley Apartments just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, July 30.
Authorities allege Harness threatened four people who were at a residence in the apartment complex on Julie Lane off Highway A.
Witnesses said Harness was unarmed when he charged up the stairs to an apartment accusing people of calling him a name.
The 20-year-old man who resides at the apartment warned Harness that he would shoot him if he did not leave, Parks said. That’s when Harness attempted to assault the resident.
The resident shot Harness three to four times with a small-caliber handgun, authorities said.
Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said the shooting was justifiable.
“It is pretty clear self-defense,” Parks said. “The victim came into the apartment, started a ruckus and he was told to leave several times.”
There was a male friend of the tenant standing outside the apartment smoking a cigarette with the front door ajar. Harness allegedly pushed him from the doorway and entered the residence. He then continued to threaten those inside the apartment.
He added that the tenant, whose name has not been released, asked the victim several times to leave before firing a shot.
Harness was transported to Mercy Hospital Washington where he was pronounced dead.
When deputies arrived at the scene they issued a search warrant to enter the apartment, Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton said.
Authorities said the resident possessed the firearm legally.
Harness had been visiting residents of a different apartment at the complex. The shooter was questioned, but was released.