JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A Jefferson County homeowner who shot and killed an intruder last Friday will not be charged, the sheriff's office said Monday.
The homeowner said he shot the intruder after he and intruder -- identified as 52-year-old Garry Liebreth, of Nebraska -- got into a struggle in the home in the 26300 block of Clear View Dr.
Deputies learned the homeowner heard a dog barking and saw the intruder crawling through a "doggie door" into the house. The homeowner yelled at the man, but he continued to crawl into the house.
The homeowner told deputies he ran to his bedroom where he retrieved a firearm for protection. The intruder advanced up the staircase and confronted the homeowner, who pointed his weapon and ordered him to leave. A physical altercation ensued between the two and the suspect tackled the victim to the ground. The homeowner was able to fire his weapon at the suspect, striking him in the leg and head. The homeowner then ran to a neighbor’s house where he called 911.
Leibreth is a resident of Nebraska and has some immediate family in the Denver area. Investigators said Leibreth was not known to the victim and it is not clear why the suspect picked that home or entered the residence.
The Jeffco Coroner’s Office will complete a drug screen to determine if Leibreth was under the influence of any substance.
"Based on the totality of the circumstances, and the victim’s right to defend himself in his home, the victim was not arrested and will not be charged with a crime," a release from the sheriff's office stated.