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Man who claimed self-defense after shooting intruder ends up going to jail

Kevin Hoskins (LVMPD/KSNV)

A man initially thought to have shot a man in self-defense ended up going to jail.

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department say the deadly shooting occurred at the Rubix Apartments on Craig Road near N. Las Vegas Boulevard and Nellis Air Force Base.

Kevin Hoskins, 26, told police that just before 9 p.m. Thursday, a man tried breaking into his apartment.

"The male knocked on his door. He tried to force his way in. He doesn't know the person. He was inside with his 10-year-old son,” said Lt. Dan McGrath with LVMPD Homicide.

Police say Hoskins, who was armed, fired two shots, killing the man right outside his door.

"He said he was in a struggle at the doorway trying to keep this person out and he was armed,” said McGrath.

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Officers initially thought it was a case of self-defense, but after further investigation, police say there was no sign of forced entry. They say Hoskins fired his gun in the hallway. The 26-year-old has now been arrested for murder.

"He's a great guy. He's my friend. He's my friend,” Jason Henderson said of his neighbor.

Henderson says Hoskins was always known to carry a gun on his hip. Henderson believes Hoskins was defending himself.

"There are people who go to our doors on … not on a nightly basis but there have been quite a few people in the past because I have been here for a year, that check your door during the day or night to see if the door is open,” said Henderson.

LVMPD says the victim lived at the apartment complex and that apartment managers say they had problems with the man. Henderson says no one ever had any issues with Hoskins.

"He's a good guy. He's a hard worker, as a family, he takes care of them. He's a family guy,” said Henderson.

Hoskins is currently booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces a Murder with a Deadly Weapon charge.

The identity of the victim will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office pending next-of-kin notification.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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