The fatal shooting of a 17-year-old robbery suspect is being investigated, and will be referred to the Denver District Attorney to determine whether the killing was justified under Colorado's 'Make My Day' law.
The suspected robber, Marcus Duran, died early Monday morning of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. His body was found on the front porch of of a Denver home, where he was reportedly shot after the home's owner caught Duran and two accomplices attempting to rob the house.
The shooting has been ruled a homicide, but the Denver District Attorney may still decide that the homeowner was justified under the Colorado Homeowner Protection Act, which is commonly referred to as the 'Make My Day Law.'
The law establishes that an "occupant of a dwelling is justified in using any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force, against another person when that other person has made an unlawful entry into the dwelling."
Duran's family, however, feels that this was not an example of 'Make My Day.'
Duran's mother, Paula Gonzales, told KDVR she didn't think her son's murder was justified because the shooting took place outside the house. "They are using the Make My Day Law, and it's not Make My Day if he was on the porch," she said.
"So he was doing wrong? Why does he deserve to get shot in the head two, three times?," another family member said.
Police have not indicated when they expect the DA to reach a decision.
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