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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis resident will not face charges in the shooting death of an intruder.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jerome Burse and a second man broke into a home Wednesday afternoon and stole property. One of the adults in the home, a 23-year-old man, fired shots at the intruders. Burse collapsed outside and died at a hospital. The second suspect got away and police don't know if he was shot.

The name of the man who shot Burse was not released but police said Thursday the case has been classified as justifiable homicide under Missouri's Castle Doctrine. The law allows those who encounter intruders in their homes or vehicles to use deadly force without fear of being criminally charged or sued.

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