DENVER (CBS4) – Police investigating a fatal shooting at a home in Southeast Denver say a man was shot after trying to break into the home.
A woman called police Sunday night saying her boyfriend shot an intruder. Police now confirm the suspect in the case attempted to forcibly enter the home on the 3200 block of South Glencoe Street and was confronted by the homeowner.
The suspect, identified as Charles McLaughlin, 29, has a lengthy criminal record, including trespassing and burglary. Police found him suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in front of the home and he was transported to the hospital where he died.
Police are only saying what happened at the home is being considered a “shooting investigation,” and that homicide detectives are involved. They have been interviewing a lot of witnesses.
Neighbors said they heard two gunshots at approximately 10:30 p.m.
Property records indicate a 51-year-old woman owns the home and works for Denver Public Schools. Neighbors said a couple lives the home. On Monday afternoon a couple left the home with suitcases and boxes in hand and would not comment as they drove off in separate cars.
“They are the sweetest people, so, so nice, they’ve been there a long time; very, very nice people,” neighbor Ed Camblin said.
Police said the death investigation is not a “Make My Day” case. Under that law a citizen cannot be prosecuted for using deadly force against an intruder inside their home.