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Homeowner cleared in killing

CONCORD, N.H. -- A Rochester man who fatally shot a home intruder was justified in using deadly force and will not face criminal charges, the attorney general's office said Friday.

Geoffrey Hamann, 28, killed Bryan Gaedtke, 21, with a single shot to the chest on the morning of Sept. 15. Gaedtke -- naked, climbing the roof of the Hamann house and holding a tube of lubricant -- had tried to break into other houses and ignored warnings to leave when the shooting happened, authorities said.

Hamann first spotted a man on his property around 1:45 a.m. and shouted at him to leave. When he was ignored, Hamann flashed an unloaded gun. But the intruder kept climbing, shouting, ''I'm coming in to get you," according to the attorney general.

Hamann then loaded his gun and went downstairs to check on his 5-year-old. His wife had gone to be with their 1-year-old.

When Hamann came back upstairs, he found Gaedtke in the hallway, heading toward the 1-year-old's bedroom. Hamann then fired his gun once, killing Gaedtke.

Authorities concluded from their investigation that Hamann reasonably feared the intruder would harm him and his family.

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