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Resident shoots and kills home invader in NE Albuquerque, police say

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man living on Stutz Drive in Northeast Albuquerque woke up to a strange noise around 10 a.m. Thursday.

He armed himself with a gun and went to see what it was, which is when he found a man later identified as Robert Bartley crouching in his kitchen with what looked like a knife, he told police. Bartley “came at” him, saying he was going to kill him. So the resident shot and killed Bartley, according to police.

Police investigate after a resident shot and killed a home intruder in northeast Albuquerque Thursday morning. (Nicole Perez/Journal)

Police investigate after a resident shot and killed a home intruder in northeast Albuquerque Thursday morning. (Nicole Perez/Albuquerque Journal)

Bartley, 28, has faced criminal charges in the past, and was found guilty of breaking and entering in 2010, according to online court records.

The man who shot Bartley will not be charged and he won’t be identified by police, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said.

“You do have a right to defend yourself in your home,” Tixier said.

Police were called to the home on the 1100 block of Stutz NE, a well-kept neighborhood near Tramway and Lomas, at 10:15 a.m.

Police investigate after a resident shot and killed a home intruder in northeast Albuquerque Thursday morning. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Police investigate after a resident shot and killed a home intruder in northeast Albuquerque Thursday morning. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

They found Bartley shot and he died at the hospital. The resident was not injured, though Tixier said he was treated for anxiety.

Tixier didn’t release information on how many times the resident fired his weapon or how many times Bartley was struck. He said he didn’t know if Bartley had a knife or if detectives recovered one at the scene. Detectives discovered the resident’s back door had been forced open.

Isaac Torres, a neighbor, said the man who resides in the home lives alone and neighbors don’t see him much.

Torres said his father saw rescue workers wheeling Bartley to an ambulance Thursday morning.

“I have lived here 23 years, and I’ve seen kids come and go. It’s been a real quiet neighborhood up until this happened,” Torres said. “This is the first major commotion that has gone through.”

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