North Lauderdale resident kills armed intruder, detectives say

Detectives investigated a burglary that turned deadly on Dec. 30 in North Lauderdale. (Google Maps Streetview)

NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said Tuesday that they have turned over a case to prosecutors after concluding a North Lauderdale resident shot and killed an armed intruder.

Millard Thompson was armed when he broke into a North Lauderdale home about 2:20 a.m., on Dec. 30th, deputies said on Tuesday.

Derrick Morgan, a 21-year-old resident of the home at Southwest 81st Avenue and Southwest Fifth Street, grabbed a gun and fatally shot Thompson, deputies said.

North Lauderdale Fire Rescue pronounced Thompson, 38, of Deerfield Beach, dead and detectives recovered the gun witnesses said Thompson was armed with, deputies said.

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office will decide if Morgan will face charges. In Florida, the “stand your ground” law protects justifiable homicide.

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