LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors are considering whether to file charges against an 80-year-old California man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office was to receive the case Friday.
Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell says the homeowner fired on 28-year-old Andrea Miller in an alley after she and another suspect assaulted him in his home and broke his collarbone.
A second suspect, 26-year-old Gus Adams, survived and has been booked for residential burglary and murder.
Legal experts say prosecutors have a tough decision to make about whether to charge homeowner Tom Greer because the case falls in a grey area involving self-defense.
Under California law, homeowners can defend themselves if they fear bodily injury or death from an intruder.
But Miller was fleeing outside when she was shot.