Lamar, Colorado

From the Pueblo Chieftain of June 8, 2007

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

The Prowers County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a man who was shot by a homeowner during an alleged home invasion early Thursday.

At approximately 1:15 a.m. Thursday, authorities were notified of an alleged burglary west of town where Raul Munoz, 27, of Lamar had been shot.

Authorities would not release the name of the shooter nor the address where the shooting took place.

“I will not be releasing his name because there have been some threats made against him by some of the family members of the victim,” said Sheriff Jim Faull.

Faull would only say that a young man shot Munoz in the shoulder and then in the head after he and two others allegedly invaded his home overnight.

Munoz died at the scene.

Faull said the incident may have been drug related.

The shooter may not be charged with a crime because of Colorado’s “Make My Day” law, which allows residents to protect themselves from intruders.

“At this point it is leading to look more like the ‘Make My Day’ law, but we haven’t completely ruled out filing charges (against the shooter). We still have some interviews to do yet,” Faull said.

According to Faull, Munoz and two accomplices, Markos Enciso, 22, and Lupe Vargas, 35, both of Lamar, allegedly were trying to burglarize the home west of town.

Faull said both Enciso and Vargas are being held in Prowers County jail and face burglary charges.

The two suspects were apprehended by sheriff’s deputies as they were leaving the scene.

Faull would not give any more details about the incident, stating that the shooting remains under investigation.


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