DENVER - The Denver District Attorney's Office has declined to file criminal charges in the case of an attempted home intruder who was shot and killed by the homeowner.
The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. on July 7 at a home in the 3200 block of South Glencoe Street. According to Denver Police, the man who was shot had tried to forcibly enter a home and was confronted by the homeowner. After that failed attempt, the man continued to create a disturbance in front of the house.
"The homeowner then came out to the porch where the confrontation escalated," the police department wrote in a news release. "The homeowner feared for his safety and the safety of his family and subsequently shot the male."
The man died of the gunshot wound and was later identified by the coroner as 29-year-old Charles McLaughlin.
Police say they interviewed the homeowner, who was never identified. The shooting was also reviewed by the district attorney, who on Friday said it declined to file charges "in light of Colorado laws pertaining to self-defense and defense of others."