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Denver homeowner shoots and kills intruder, police say

DPD said the incident happened in the 2200 block of Lafayette Street on Saturday night.

DENVER — Police said they were investigating the fatal shooting of an intruder at a Denver home Saturday night.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) said in a post on Twitter that a homeowner had shot the male intruder at a home in the 2200 block of Lafayette Street.

A man who lived in the house shot the intruder, and the residents were cooperating with the investigation, a DPD spokesman said on Monday. DPD did not say whether the intruder was alone or had others with him.

The case was being investigated, and DPD did not say whether they had detained the homeowner. The Denver District Attorney's Office will decide whether any charges will be filed, DPD said.

Police provided no information on the homeowner's identity or whether the shooting took place inside or outside the residence.

The Denver Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased man as Matthew Martinez, 31.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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