Charges Aren’t Planned In Killing Of Teen Burglar

WARREN (WWJ/AP) – Prosecutors say they won’t bring charges against a Detroit-area homeowner who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy who was burglarizing his house.

William Cataldo, chief of homicide cases for Macomb County prosecutor’s office, told The Macomb Daily on Tuesday that the 31-year-old homeowner in Warren had a right to defend himself when Mack Click climbed through a window on May 2.

Prosecutors say the teen was armed with a knife.

Police say the owner of the home on Los Angeles Street, in the area of 9 Mile and Ryan, fired one shotgun blast, striking the teen in the groin and thigh.

According to police who arrived on the scene, the teen was lying wounded in the yard. He later died at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

Police say the homeowner had medical marijuana but they’ve ruled that out as a factor in the break-in. Police say the teen and the homeowner didn’t know each other.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Mike

    Finally, a precedent. Less police equals less protection so, we all have to take responsibility for our own safety. A message has been sent, it’s hard to survive a shotgun blast. You break into a house, jail might not be an option for you. I now pronounce you dead.

    • Billium

      It’s a beautiful thing!

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