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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 reports on crime, breaking news and other mayhem across North Texas. 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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