A West Palm Beach man shot a teenage burglar dead after he returned home to find the young intruder in his house, police said.
The man, who hasn't yet been identified, shot and killed the young intruder Wednesday afternoon in his home in the 700 block of 57th Street, according to West Palm Beach police.
Police identified the teen on Thursday as Malik Wyatt, 16.
Police said they would turn over the facts of the case to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, and that prosecutors would decide if charges are warranted.
No charges had been filed as of Thursday, and there were no further updates, said State Attorney's Office spokesman Mike Edmondson.
Police said that the man, who locked up his house before leaving for work in the morning, came home at about 1 p.m. Wednesday to find the back door open. He went inside to find Wyatt in one of the bedrooms.
The boy was armed with a .22-caliber rifle that belonged to a family member who had died, police said. Wyatt had already collected several firearms from throughout the house and had placed them on a bed, according to police.
A "violent struggle" broke out between the two, cops said, and the man managed to disarm Wyatt.
"Malik Wyatt continued to advance toward the homeowner forcing the homeowner to shoot Malik Wyatt," said a statement released by West Palm Beach police on Thursday.
The homeowner then called 911. Wyatt was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center, where he died.
A reporter from Sun Sentinel news partner CBS12 spoke briefly with the homeowner as he was going into his house on Wednesday night.
"It was an unfortunate incident," the man said, adding that police told him not to comment on the shooting, according to CBS12.
The dead teen's upset mother spoke to CBS12, but declined to speak on camera.
"My son is gone," she said. "I can never bring him back. I'm sorry he was in somebody's house doing whatever he was doing. That's not how he was raised."
She said her son would have turned 17 on Feb. 25.
CBS12 reporter Al Pefley contributed to this report
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