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Woman shoots suspected intruder during home invasion

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A Kansas City woman says she was forced to shoot and kill an intruder, and police are now looking for a second suspected intruder.

It happened just after 2 p.m. Monday in the 5800 block of Garfield Avenue.

The woman told police there was a knock on her door, and there were two men who were looking for a friend of hers. The woman said she was forced back into the house at gunpoint and into a closet while the men ransacked her house.

What the intruders did not know was that the woman had a gun of her own in that closet. She used it, shooting and killing 17-year-old Trevor Garms, of Kansas City, MO.

According to police, the woman, who was home alone, shot Garms in self defense. Garms then fled the residence and collapsed on the sidewalk. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman was not physically injured as a result of the home invasion.

The second suspect, wearing an orange shirt, fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Officers were on guard in the area late Monday night searching for the second suspect in the aftermath of the deadly shooting.

Stephanie Creath's son dates the woman who fired that fatal shot.

"I was very grateful that there was something there to protect herself. I would have done the same thing," Creath said.

Other neighbors feel the same way citing recent spikes in crime and violence in the area.

"That is what you get. If you out doing something you ain't supposed to be doing, that is what happens," neighbor Nykki McCant said.

Missouri doesn't have a Stand Your Ground Law, but it has something similar called the Castle Doctrine.

Missouri's Castle Doctrine Law says anyone can use force, if someone illegally enters, or attempts to illegally enter a dwelling. The term dwelling is used to cover everything from a home, to car, RV's, hotel rooms and even tents.

Kansas has a similar law, stating anyone can use deadly force to prevent unlawful entry or attack upon any dwelling or occupied vehicle.

Anyone with information in regards to the shooting is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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