A homeowner who shot and killed an intruder in South Omaha told others he had no idea who the man was.
His wife apparently couldn’t say the same.
The homeowner, David Erives, told others that he had no idea why the man was grabbing at his wife shortly after trying to get in the back door of the couple’s house at 1607 Drexel St. late Thursday.
However, Erives’ wife, Lydia, apparently knew the man, Raul Rivas, from her work as a cocktail waitress at a Council Bluffs casino.
Rivas, 43, died of his injuries at Creighton University Medical Center.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Friday that Rivas didn’t appear to have a gun or a knife. However, he said, Erives didn’t know that, and the shooting appeared to be in self-defense because Rivas kept coming at him.
Erives, 29, shot Rivas in the leg and again in the chest.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Friday afternoon the shooting of a man who tried to force his way into an Omaha home Thursday night was justified and no charges will be filed against the homeowner who shot him.
Police were called to the residence near 16th and Drexel about 11:30 p.m. The couple who live there told officers the man, later identified as 42-year-old Raul Rivas of Omaha, was pounding on the back door and tried to force his way in when a woman answered the door. Her husband, 29-year-old David Erives, came downstairs and shot Rivas, then called 911. He died Friday morning at Creighton University Medical Center.