Homeowner shoots, kills man who forced his way into home - according to police

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man is dead after he allegedly forced his way into a home. He was shot and killed by the homeowner, according to detectives.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Micah West, 33, was shot on Kleinert Avenue in the Garden District around 11 p.m.

Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said West was shot twice in the chest. He added West was taken to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

West's listed home address is located less than three blocks from the location where this incident occurred.

Officials believe West got into the home by breaking a window and unlocking the door.

West was arrested about a year ago for reportedly walking in and out of traffic while intoxicated, then fighting with EMS workers.

Garden District Civic Association President John Williams says there are about 800 homes and 27 separate entrances in the neighborhood, so they encourage homeowners to be aware of their surroundings. Williams says for the past 10 years, they've been using voluntary dues to have extra security, that's in addition to the normal BRPD patrols they pay for as citizens.

"Would I love it if we lived in a society where we didn't have to pay extra money for additional security, especially for police officers that already patrol the neighborhood? That would be great, but unfortunately, we don't live in society where that's possible," said Williams.

The investigation is ongoing. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner says an autopsy will be performed on West, and a toxicology sample will be taken for analysis. Those results should be available in three to four weeks.

Police say at this point, they do consider this a break in. However, they are looking into the possibility that the victim might've been under the influence and that while he may have wandered into the house, it was still a forced entry and the occupant had a right to protect himself.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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