The homeowner said he was traumatized by the experience and wishes young people made better choices.
“I just hate to see any young man really just wasting their lives,” he said.
The intruder, whose name is being withheld, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.
“Even though it appears to be a case of self-defense, we will still conduct an investigation because this is still considered a homicide,” Chandler said.
“I’m sorry that it had to happen,” said a woman who identified herself as the homeowner’s fiancée. “Some mother has lost her child. I am terribly saddened by that.”
— Staff photographer Bob Andres contributed to this report.