A Littleton man shot an apparent intruder in his home about 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10, near the 6200 block of South Spotswood Street, according to the Littleton Police Department.
Police said Philip Donovan, a 33-year-old off-duty Denver police officer, was asleep in his basement when he heard a sound in the home above him. He reportedly went to investigate and encountered a man between in the basement stairwell. The resident shot the intruder, 53-year-old Kerry Dean Hughes, who was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Donovan has not been charged with a crime, though the investigation is ongoing, said Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said.
"From the looks of it, this was a classic case of the 'Make My Day' law," Stephens said, referring to the law that allows citizens to use deadly force if they believe their lives are in danger.
Hughes was previously sentenced to prison for a home burglary in 2008, according to court records.