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Grand Prairie homeowner fatally shoots robber, police say

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A homeowner in Grand Prairie fatally shot a 20-year-old man who police say broke into the house at about 1 a.m. on Monday.

Rayme Castilleja specifically targeted the home in the 2000 block of Plains Court, police said. He died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide, and a Tarrant County grand jury will decide if the homeowner should face charges.

The Texas penal code says a self-defense claim is presumed reasonable when someone unlawfully and with force enters or tries to enter a person’s occupied home, vehicle or place of business or employment.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.
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