KENNEWICK, Wash.—Charges will not be filed against a man who shot and killed a burglar after he tried to break into his home.
Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller says Ramon Madrigal's actions were justified last month when 20-year-old Tyler Stock tried to break into Madrigal's home with a revolver around 1:20am on the 200 block of North Buntin.
Miller says, "Madrigal's description of the moments just before the shooting is consistent with the police crime scene investigation."
After Madrigal heard a light tap at his front door he looked through the peephole and saw a man with his back turned. That's when Madrigal got his handgun.
"The deceased was found halfway into the house that he had a handgun on him, and he also had a bandana covering part of his face, and he tried to force his way in the house," says Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor.
Miller says Washington State Law does state if someone goes into your home to commit a felony against you or someone in your home you are allowed to use lethal force.
Madrigal faces charges for allegedly possessing more than a pound of marijuana found in a backpack. His bail is set at $1,500. He is scheduled to be in court next month.