DENVER — A deadly shooting near Sloan’s Lake on Tuesday morning has police investigating whether a crime was committed or if a homeowner was simply defending himself.
The wife of Kevin Shea, says her husband returned home from an appointment Tuesday morning and found someone burglarizing the family home. She says the intruder went after her husband and that he eventually shot him in self-defense.
Police have not revealed the identity of the victim, and have said very little about what investigators know.
Just before the shooting, next-door neighbor Chris Vallejos said he heard Shea yelling.
“He said, ‘Get down.’ He was telling the intruder, I guess, to get down on the ground. ‘Don’t make me shoot you,'” Vallejos said.
A few seconds later Chris says he heard five or six gunshots.
“It sounded like a firecracker,” Vallejos said.
Shortly after the shooting, 911 dispatchers notified officers that a call came in from Kevin Shea. They noted that he had a concealed carry permit and the he told them a man “came at him and he shot him in the head, or he shot him.”
Shea returned to his home Tuesday afternoon to get the family dog, and then left with his wife.
Shea declined to speak to Fox31 Denver, but his wife said he was shaken up. She also said the shooting took place just outside the home.
“Nobody is under arrest,” said DPD spokesperson Sgt. Steve Warneke. “We’re conducting an investigation, whether or not we actually put them in custody later will be determined.”
Several neighbors, including Vallejos, said they believe Shea did the right thing.
“I think you should protect yourself,” Vallejos said. “They’re trying to steal your stuff … or hurt you.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.