DENVER - Police are still searching for one of three people involved in an attempted burglary that ended with a 17-year-old being shot and killed.
They have another suspect in custody. The homeowner has not been charged.
It happened around 2:30 a.m. Monday at a northeast Denver home near Gaylord Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Police say two 17-year-olds and another young man tried to break into the home.
The homeowner confronted one of the suspects and shot him multiple times in the head.
It's too early to tell if the homeowner will be protected by Colorado's Make My Day Law.
"You've got a situation where they breached the home, and then the homeowner took action against the suspects for breaching his home, that's how we understand it at this point in time," DPD Spokesperson Sonny Jackson said.
9NEWS is not releasing the name of the 35 year-old homeowner because he hasn't been charged.
Neighbor Larry James has known the man for 7 years.
"I guess the people were in his house, and he shot and killed them. It upset me and scared me, because it's close, pretty close and everything," James said.
The coroner's office identified the fatally wounded suspect as 17 year-old Marcus Duran.
Shortly after the shooting police took another 17 year-old into custody nearby.
"Right now he's being held under investigation of first degree burglary," Jackson said.
Police are still looking for another man around the same age.
Neighbors hope the shooting will make would-be burglars think twice.
"I think it does send a message to them, that you can't just enter a person's house that he worked for and everything, and I'm not going to protect my family. I hope it sends a message to them," James said.
With warmer temperatures here, police say the incident can serve as a reminder.
"Don't leave you windows unlocked, don't leave your doors open, be aware that there are individuals who will try and take things from your home," Jackson said.
Police wouldn't say where the suspect's body was found, but if it was found inside the home, 9NEWS legal analyst Scott Robinson thinks the homeowner will likely not be charged in this case, and will be protected by the make my day law.
Around 9:45pm on Monday night, family friends of Duran gathered in front of the home where he was shot and killed to hold a small candle light vigil.
Frank and Debbie Davis' son is close friends with Duran.
"I think that was pretty brutal. I mean, I can understand protecting your home, maybe shooting him in the leg, something like that, but to do multiple shots that's a little ridiculous," Frank Davis said.
"He was not a bad kid. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong kids, that's what it was," Debbie Davis said.