Police say suspected burglar shot and killed by homeowner

Police say suspected burglar shot and killed by homeowner

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police said a suspected would-be burglar was shot while breaking in to a home Friday.

The Baton Rouge Police Department identified the suspected burglar as James Boyette, 36. He later died at the hospital.

Police said the shooting happened on Woodhaven Street in Baton Rouge around noon.

"He heard somebody in the back of his home," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD. "When he went to investigate what was going on, he saw the individual inside the house and he confronted him and shot him."

Investigators said the homeowner found Boyette in a bedroom inside the home and shot him."We definitely all look after each other, very well," said Pete Dawson, a neighbor.

"A man at home minding his own business has a right to protect himself and his family," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.

The homeowner will not be charged.

Police added Boyette had a long criminal history and had drugs on him at the time of the break-in and shooting.

"He was troubled and did have a past and that is probably what led him into breaking into that home," McKneely said.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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