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Man legally justified in fatally shooting naked intruder

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The fatal shooting of a naked intruder by a Greenville resident in September was legally justified, according to the Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney.

Prosecutor Andrea S. Krause said in a statement Friday that she came to that conclusion by analyzing reports from the Greenville Department of Public Safety, the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office, the Medical Examiner, and 911 recordings. Krause says the intruder presented an immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to the people in the house he entered and refused to leave peacefully.

Around 7 o'clock in the morning on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 27-year-old John Sherman Russell was found naked and asleep on a couch at a home in the 100 block of S. Barry St. He was a trespasser there.

A man who lived at that home, concerned for his family, armed himself with a loaded shotgun and poked Russell awake. He ordered Russell out of the house and yelled for his neighbor to call police and then come help.

Russell said, "There ain't three cops out there that can go toe-to-toe with me and take me down," and stood up. The resident, seeing that Russell was larger than him, aimed his shotgun at Russell, and Russell grabbed the barrel and started to pull. The resident fired. Russell grabbed his chest, stumbled into a wall, and fell dead.

The investigation also found that Russell had become "very intoxicated" at a bar the night before, eventually going to a friend's home, where he began destroying property before leaving.

As Russell wandered, he walked through a backyard in the 300 block of West Washington St. and eventually fell, hitting his head on some rocks near a swampy area there.

He kept wandering from there, eventually shedding his clothes and leaving them at a property in the 300 block of West Grove St. before making his way to the S. Barry St. home.

The autopsy report lists the gunshot wound as Russell's cause of death. Toxicology reports showed his ethanol level as high as .26, and he tested positive for marijuana.