Man accused of breaking into off-duty cop's home had burgled before, records show

An off-duty DPD officer shot and killed an intruder who entered his home on Friday.

KUSA - The man shot and killed inside a Denver police officer's Littleton home had been convicted of burglary before, according to criminal records in Colorado.

Police say an off-duty Denver Police officer in Littleton woke up and shot an intruder inside his home Friday afternoon.

According to Rick Redmond with Littleton Police, someone broke into DPD officer Phillip Donovan's house in the 6200 block of South Spotswood Street and was shot in the basement.

The intruder was taken to the hospital and later died, Littleton Police said Saturday. 

On Monday, the Arapahoe County Coroner identified the man as Kerry Dean Hughes, 53. He died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Authorities got the call at 4:35 p.m. on Nov. 10 that someone had been shot. An investigation was conducted, and police said they believe Donovan was asleep in the basement, woke up when the intruder came in, and then shot that intruder.

Police checked the area to make sure there were no other people involved in the home invasion and stated there was no danger to the community. 

According to a criminal background check in the State of Colorado, Hughes has a lengthy criminal history in Littleton, Jefferson County, Douglas County and Black Hawk Colorado.

Hughes' prior run-ins with law enforcement include charges of drug possession, ID theft and burglary cases dating back to 2001. 

Hughes was convicted on burglary charges in 2009 and sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for a separate break-in in Littleton in 2008.

According to a spokesperson for the DOC, Hughes had received an early discharge from the Parole Board in April of 2016. 

Officer Donovan has been with DPD since 2006. 

Littleton police continue to investigate. 

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