The shooting happened in the 7700 block of McCallum Boulevard in North Dallas around 8:30 p.m.
Police say the intruder tried to break into the third floor apartment at McCallum Corners armed with a handgun. Investigators say the 36-year-old man from Denton was shot and killed by the homeowner on the spot during the home invasion.
The intruder had several gunshot wounds to his upper body.
Officers seized marijuana, cash, and a semi-automatic pistol from the apartment. Police say the intruder had an accomplice who got away when gunshots rang out.
Under Texas law, the Castle Doctrine typically sides with the homeowner. The law states that a person’s home is their castle and has the right to defend themselves from criminal intruders.
Lawmakers say it presumes that use of force is reasonable and necessary when someone is illegally entering or trying to get into an occupied home, car, or workplace to commit a crime.