The fatal shooting happened around 10:30 PM Tuesday. Hobbs Police say that Watson Green called them Tuesday night, saying that someone was breaking into his home in the 1100 block of North Denson.
Green, 70, told police that he had armed himself, but the dispatch officer told him to put the gun down and wait for police. Green decided to shoot the suspect through the door instead.
When police arrived, they found the suspect -- 43 year old Wallace Roberson -- lying in the alley next the home, wounded. Roberson was taken to Lea Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Lea County District Attorney is reviewing the case.
The shooting comes less than a week after an Odessa homeowner shot and killed a man who was trying to break into his truck. That homeowner has not been charged.