LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan police said an intruder was killed in self defense after breaking into an east valley home Friday afternoon.
According to police, officers were called to the 4700 block of Marnell Drive, near East Harmon Avenue and South Mountain Vista Street, about 12:08 p.m. Officers had received calls about a possible robbery in a residential area.
Police said two brothers lived in the home. The younger brother, in his mid-40s, alerted his older brother, in his mid-50s, about a people trying to break into the house.
When the older brother got out of his room, a man was in the hallway, and the two started fighting. While they were in "a struggle" the younger brother fired several rounds at the man, hitting him. The two continued to fight, made their way outside and fell to the ground in the driveway, police said.
A neighbor heard the gunshots, went to check on the house, and called 911, according to Metro.
The intruder, identified by the Clark County coroner's office Monday as Caliph Swangin, 26, was taken to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The brothers said Friday they did not know who he was.
The coroner determined Swangin died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide.
"It's scary," said neighbor Kirk Braswell. "You never know what could happen ... You've got to protect yourself at all times."
Police said it is a self defense case but will be reviewed by the district attorney. No arrests were made. The brothers were not injured.
“People are getting so tired of being victimized all the time, people are getting tired of the lawlessness going on, the disrespect of their property,” Retired LVMPD detective Phil Ramos said.
Ramos believes more and more people are choosing fight over flight.
“Criminals aren’t known for their intellect, so they’ll keep doing this. And they’ll keep getting shot,” he said.”
But Ramos added homeowners need to understand their rights, and when it’s the right time to act.
“That’s kind of a falsehood that people believe in – if they’re on my property, I can shoot them,” he said. “No, that’s not true. That threat still has to be there.”
Ramos reminded homeowners there are other options to protect your property and more importantly, your life.
“It’s just stuff, your life can’t be replaced,” Ramos said. “If you can’t defend yourself, if you’re not armed, then don’t try it.”