When a man with a log rap sheet of violent crimes breaks into your house in the middle of the night, it’s not the time to wish you had a gun. Last week an Indianapolis man awoke to the sound of his door getting kicked in by Joshua Renick, 31.
Renick had a criminal history in Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Indiana, but of course all the homeowner knew was that someone just broke into his house, the wrong house. The homeowner grabbed his gun and began firing at the intruder.
“Heard about six to seven gunshots and came outside to see what was going on. By the time I came outside I didn’t hear nothing else. Dude came out saying he almost got robbed and that the dude is in there and I guess he shot him. He’s like ‘I had to, I had to,’” one neighbor told WISH.
When police arrived at the scene they found Renick’s body lying in the hallway of the home, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Renick’s list of past crimes included criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement and armed robbery. He was given a 10-year sentence in 2007 for armed robbery, but was released after four years.
The homeowner was too shaken up to talk on camera, but that’s quite understandable after what he went through. He said he never saw Renick before and didn’t know who he was.