A woman fired one fatal shot at a man who broke into her home during an attempted burglary on Saturday, Dec. 28, in the central valley, according to Las Vegas police.
The woman was home alone at about 11:15 a.m. when she heard the sound of breaking glass, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Police said she had heard a knock at the front door moments before and ignored it.
A man, in his early 30s, broke through the woman’s sliding glass back door and came into her home, according to Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer. Spencer said the woman went to her bedroom to get her handgun when the suspect confronted her.
The woman told police the suspect lunged toward her and she shot him once. He then ran out of the residence through the broken door and drove away in a Kia.
Spencer said the woman then called 911 to report the shooting. A nearby patrol officer found the suspect in his Kia about a half-mile away after having crashed into at least one car and possibly a mailbox.
The suspect was transported to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Spencer said.
Police believed that “the suspect may have been here for several hours parked in front of the house, and could have been casing the area.”
Spencer said detectives considered the shooting a case of self-defense.