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Intruder killed in Summerlin identified as Las Vegas teen

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Christopher DeVargas

Police investigate the scene of a shooting where a Summerlin resident shot and killed an intruder in his backyard, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Intruder Shot in Summerlin

Police investigate the scene of a shooting where a Summerlin resident shot and killed an intruder in his backyard, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The backyard intruder fatally shot by a Summerlin homeowner Tuesday morning has been identified as a Las Vegas teen, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Demarcus Carter, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner said. His death was ruled a homicide.

The situation unfolded shortly before 9:30 a.m. when a homeowner in the 2100 block of Spurs Court, near Hualapai Way and Sahara Avenue, reported the shooting, Metro Police said.

The homeowner told detective he fired shots at the male, who he believed was trying to break into his home through the backyard, police said.

Police did not release whether Carter was armed or had ever made entry into the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives were interviewing the homeowner to determine the circumstances and perceived threat, police said. The homeowner, who has not been identified, was not injured.

Homicide detectives are investigating and will forward their report to the District Attorney's Office to decide whether to pursue charges against the homeowner, police said. The homeowner has not been arrested.

Police said use of force is considered reasonable — both for citizens and officers — when a person feels an action must be taken to protect his life or others' from serious injury or death.

The incident shocked neighbors, who described the area as a generally quiet and seemingly safe environment. Police said there had not been any noticeable crime increases in the area.

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