1 Dead After Homeowner Shoots at Intruders

LAS VEGAS -- An man is dead after a homeowner shot at intruders trying to break into his house about 7:45 a.m. Monday, according to Metro Police.

The homeowner, a 72-year-old man who was a recent burglary victim, went into his bedroom and grabbed a handgun. When the intruders entered his bedroom, he fired at least one shot from his gun. The intruders then ran from the house.

When Metro Police officers arrived to the home in the 2300 block of Westwind Road in northwest Las Vegas, they found one of the intruders trying to take off in a car. The car hit a patrol car and the suspect, who tried to run away, was taken into custody.

The second suspect, described as a Latin male, was last seen running eastbound into a neighborhood. He has not been found.

"Several intruders, had gotten into the home, entered his bedroom and he fired at least one shot, and they fled," Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said. "It is unusual, first of all, to have multiple people burglarizing a residence, especially when they are carrying weapons."

Officers found a third male dead from an apparent gunshot wound in the homeowner's backyard. A handgun was also found in the backyard.

Neighbor Alicia Jeter said she was trying to get ready for work when everything happened.

"In the early morning, I heard something pop, and then I heard arguments out in the front," Jeter said.

Metro Police said the homeowner will not face charges for this shooting and neither will another man who opened fire on a gun wielding robber over the weekend.

The police are investigating, but don't expect to file charges against the homeowner.

Anyone with any information concerning this crime is urged to contact Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555 or online.


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