Father Fatally Shoots Stepdaughter, Possibly Mistakes Her For Burglar

A man shot and killed his stepdaughter Monday morning after apparently mistaking her for a burglar, according to police.

Colorado TV station KKTV reported the shooting happened at around 6 a.m. at the family’s residence in Colorado Springs. The girl, 14, was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Colorado Springs police spokesman Larry Herbert told CBS News that the stepfather did fire a weapon, although it was unclear if he in fact thought the girl was a burglar. The station had received a report of a “burglary in progress.”

The shooting was under investigation, accordion to KKTV, and the District Attorney’s office was expected to decide whether the stepfather would face charges.

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