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UPDATE: Was shooting of teen in home break-in justified?

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 02:32:02-05
LATEST: Some people are questioning whether the man who shot the teen in the home break-in was justified.

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton says there is a gray area in the case and a reasonable level of fear will determine whether the neighbor was right to shoot.

"If you're being attacked, and you can legitimately think that yeah I can either die or I can get seriously injured here, then yeah, you have the right to defend yourself," he said.

But Sutton also says people cannot shoot someone simply because they want to protect their property.

UPDATE: New details emerged about a young man who was shot and killed after police say he attempted to break into someone's home Saturday night.
The family identifies the person who died as 19-year-old Donavon Johnson.
Johnson's mom, Ladonna Daniels, says her son was hanging with the wrong crowd when he was killed.
Police say Johnson was one of a few young adults trying to break into a home on Remuda Trail.
Details aren't very clear, but police say the homeowners were alerted to the suspicious activity through an app connected to their doorbell. Police say the homeowners called their neighbor and asked him to check it out. Police then say the homeowner went outside and the group of young adults took off running.
Johnson's mom says her son went back about 20 minutes later to get his car. Daniels says that is when the neighbor got into a confrontation with her son causing Johnson to allegedly take the man's phone which caused him to fire his gun at the 19-year-old.
"He was still waiting there," said Ladonna Daniels. "Waiting there with his gun like a vigilante!"
Neighbors say the man fired his gun nine times, emptying the weapon.
Johnson died at the hospital.
Friends and family of Johnson say he was a high school graduate who worked every day and was caught hanging with the wrong crowd.
"That's not his personality, that's not the person he was at all," said friend Anastasia Falzarano.
The man who shot and killed Johnson has not been arrested or charged with any crime. Police are still investigating to see if he was shooting in self-defense.
The Clark County coroner confirmed on Monday that the deceased is 19-year-old Donavon Johnson of Las Vegas.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A man is in extremely critical condition after a shooting Saturday night.

Reports of a person shot came in around 6:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of West Desert Inn Road.

A homeowner was called to check on his neighbor's house because of a possible break-in. When the neighbor confronted the suspect, the suspect took his phone. The neighbor felt threatened and shot the suspect twice.

The suspect was taken to University Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. The neighbor has not been charged with a crime.

Eastbound Desert Inn was closed from South Torrey Pines Drive to El Camino Road as homicide detectives investigated.