COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado Springs say a homeowner shot and killed an apparent burglar last weekend. Investigators determine 30-year-old Houston Malachai Cookson was trying to break into a home Saturday night.

(credit: CBS)

A woman called 911 while her husband confronted Cookson with a gun.

Responding officers found Cookson on a rear patio suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso. Cookson later died of his injuries.

Officers determined Cookson had items that had been stolen in an unrelated incident.

Police Lt. Howard Black told CBS4 partner KKTV it appeared the homeowner was protecting his residence and family. Colorado law allows a person to kill an intruder in self-defense.

The district attorney’s office will determine whether to file criminal charges.

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