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No Charges After Suspected Intruder Killed by Resident

The man who shot and killed another man accused of entering his Covington home won't face charges, police said Tuesday.
 
Two other suspects are still on the loose, however.
 
Covington Police responded to 305 West Seventh Street in Mainstrasse Village at around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about a burglary in progress with shots fired.
 
Upon arrival, officers found a man lying on the ground outside the home with a gunshot wound to his chest. The man was later identified as Joshua Kersey, 43, of Cincinnati. Kersey died at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
 
Police said that Kersey was armed with guns.
 
According to the investigation, details of which were released by Covington Police, Kersey and two others entered the home on Seventh Street, armed and dressed in dark clothing and wearing ski masks. The suspects used those guns to threaten residents Floyd Gillie, Sr., 54, and his wife, Darlene Gillie, 48, and demanded to know the whereabouts of someone else who had not lived at the residence in a number of years, police said. 
 
After hearing the disturbance, Floyd Gillie, Jr., 24, retrieved his handgun from an upstairs bedroom. Kersey, police said, was likely shot while advancing towards Gillie Jr.'s bedroom.
 
After the gunfire, all three suspects fled from the home, with Kersey collapsing outside.
 
The two other suspects got away, and because of their masks and dark clothing, the only descriptions police could gather are that the men were around 6-feet tall.
 
Meanwhile, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said that he would not bring any charges against Gillie Jr.
 
“Mr. Gillie was justifiably in fear for his safety and the safety of his parents,” Sanders said. “So he was entitled to use deadly force in defense of their home.”
 
Sanders, in a news release, said simple self-defense law is enough to justify the shooting, and that Kentucky's "Castle Law Doctrine" means that Gillie, Jr. is presumed to be in reasonable fear for his life when defending his home.
 
“This wasn’t a close call, it was clearly justified,” said Sanders.
 
Covington Police Chief Rob Nader said it is important for neighbors to know this was not a random act and the ordinarily quiet neighborhood is still safe. “The bad guys were looking for a specific person,” said Nader. “But their information was outdated, or just plain wrong.”
 
Nader said detectives have now set their sights on identifying Kersey’s co-conspirators.
 
“There’s still two very dangerous men on the loose who committed a violent home invasion burglary and got Mr. Kersey killed in the process.”
 
Nader requested the public’s assistance in identifying the other suspects.
 
“Someone knows who these men are. Someone knows how they fled from the scene. Someone knows where they went to hide out. And we need that someone to come forward with the information so there is accountability for this crime,” Nader said.
 
Anyone with information about the home invasion or the identity of the other suspects is encouraged to call Covington Police Detective Austin Ross at 859.292.2242 or Kenton County Dispatch 859.356.3191. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.
 
-Staff report
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