SIDNEY, OHIO: In grisly video footage, a protective father in Sidney, Ohio shoots his daughter’s ex-boyfriend as he tries to get into the family’s house. Nearly a month prior, 22-year-old James Rayl attempted to force his way inside the home of his ex-girlfriend Allyson Duckro at 2907 N Kuther Road. The man can be seen continuously ringing the doorbell in the clip captured by the Ring camera on July 31 at 11 am while standing in front of the door and donning a baseball cap, blue sweatshirt, grey T-shirt, and shorts.
Rayl waits as the minutes pass with his hands folded behind his back. The family inside told him to leave, but he kept opening the door nevertheless. Opening the screen door, Rayl tries the handle before pressing his entire body against it. Allyson’s father Mitchell Duckro can be heard on the other side of the recording telling Rayl to stop. He says, “I’ve got a gun,” but the dumped man keeps pounding on the door. Afterward, a defiant Rayl looks to be attempting to break down the wooden front door by banging his shoulder against it and slightly opening it.
The father then starts firing, hitting Rayl in the left shoulder, right shoulder, and back with three rounds. As he is struck, Rayl flinches and moves down the porch steps before walking a short distance and collapsing in the midst of a path shaded by the sun. A little while later, the neighbour Jeffery Hereford can be seen crossing the Duckros’ front lawn while yelling, “Don’t shoot me.”
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First responders pronounced the 22-year-old dead at the spot. According to a joint press release from the county prosecutor and the local sheriff, as published by the Sidney Daily News, an autopsy later revealed that Rayl had suffered two gunshot wounds to the shoulders and a fatal wound to the back. Hereford disagrees with the grand jury’s choice to drop Mitchell Duckro’s charges. Hereford asks, “If he entered the house, why did he shoot through the door?”
A lady who identified the intruder as her ex-boyfriend is heard informing her father that Rayl is attempting to smash down the door in a 911 audio tape of the event, which WHIO-TV 7 has obtained. The woman could be heard asking, “Dad, is he trying to murder me?” Duckro’s daughter is heard telling him, “Dad, there was nothing you could have done,” after Rayl is shot by Duckro. You saved my life,” the broadcaster reported.
A Shelby County grand jury was presented with the video footage, the 911 call, the voicemail, and other pieces of evidence. Based on Ohio’s “Stand Your Ground” and “Castel Doctrine” laws, which permit homeowners to use lethal force when threatened, the grand jury decided not to indict Mitchell Duckro by a vote of 8 to 1. The decision to drop the case was disagreed with by Rayl’s family, who also started a Facebook page demanding justice after learning that Duckro would not be held accountable for the killing. Jessica Marie Colbert, his sister, claims that her brother had no evil intent on that particular day and shouldn’t have been slain. She posted on Facebook, “Mitch Duckro shot him in the back and killed him. “I wish your days are even worse,”