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Defending one's home without breaking the law

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The home on Spurs Court where police spent much of Tuesday investigating a deadly shooting The home on Spurs Court where police spent much of Tuesday investigating a deadly shooting
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The homeowner who shot and killed an alleged would-be burglar has not been charged with any crime. Yet, the decision to fire a weapon on another person can come with consequences, even in cases of self-defense.

"You know what? He took care of business. I can't blame him for it," said Lynda Posgay, who lives two doors down from the spot where an alleged intruder was shot to death.

The suspect was found dead in the backyard of a home on the 2100 block of Spurs Court, near Hualapai and Sahara.

Posgay and other neighbors can't help but think what else could've happened.

"I'm just so thankful it's not my house, even though it's so close," said Ola Adenirenye.

We stopped by the home where the shooting happened, but no one answered the door. Metro police have not released the man's name.

The homeowner told police he shot the unidentified suspect because he thought he was breaking into his house, but that's a fine line, according to attorney Marc Saggese.

"There has to be some belief by the homeowner that they're at risk for serious bodily injury or death," Saggese said.

At The Gun Store on Tropicana, owner Bob Irwin said these kinds of incidents usually make homeowners think about purchasing a gun, even those who don't really care for the deadly power it holds.

"Having a gun in the house doesn't mean that you have to use it. It just means you have the option," said Irwin.

But for parents like Adenirenye, there is an even bigger problem with the subject of gunfire.

"(The kids are) young. They'll see. They'll ask. What should I say? Should I pretend nothing is going on?"

Regardless, Saggese recommends homeowners read up on the laws surrounding the use of firearms.

"(If) you don't see a gun… You don't see a bat, but he's climbing through your window - you could kill him, because it's reasonable for you to believe that once he's in, you're going to be trapped or running around. Even if he grabs a vase, he could kill you," said Saggese.

Metro police is still investigating this particular case, and few details have been released.

The Gun Store hosts free firearms safety courses on the first and third Friday of each month and a nine-hour concealed weapons class three times a week. The classes cover the appropriate use of deadly force.

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