Southeast valley neighbors call homicide the latest in a series of issues


Neighbors are speaking out after an attempted robbery turned violent in the southeast valley Friday. 

Area residents told 8 News Now it’s just the latest example of an ongoing issue in the area, violent crime. 

“I’m scared for my life,” Kirk Braswell said. “It’s pretty scary.”

Flashing lights and yellow tape turned a stretch of Marnell Drive into a crime scene, after police said a man tried to break into a home in the middle of the afternoon, with two people inside.

“Vegas,” another neighbor added. “It’s just one of those places that changes very quickly.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Metro Police told 8 News Now the unknown man got into a struggle with the two homeowners when one of them, later shot male intruder. He was taken to the hospital where he died. 

“They are coming into my home,” Braswell said. “Knowing somebody is home, they’ve got to have a gun or something.”

Braswell recalled his own home invasion experience as well. A stranger busted through his back door while he and his roommate were home last month. 

“It’s pretty scary when they kick in your door,” Braswell said. “I told the cops I’m scared for my life, so they come back next time and I can’t tell you what’s going to happen.”

Braswell told 8 News Now he’s also heard of strangers crawling through windows and squatters setting up camp in vacant houses and lots. 

“The squatters are the main thing,” another neighbor added. “Not the people that live here.”​​​​​​​

Those who live in the area hope to see some sort of change soon, but for now they’re working to protect what matters most. 

“Lock your doors,” Braswell advised.

Officers said there’s no word whether the suspect, who died, was working alone or if he was armed. 

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