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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — We are learning new details about a home invasion that left a 19-year-old man dead on Monday.

Lexington police said Oscar Daniel Wilds was shot and killed by a homeowner as he tried breaking into their house.

The victim’s mother said her son was not a saint she said Wilds had issues with drinking and she believes that’s what led him into someone else’s home.


Wilds is described by his mother as a good son who loved animals. She said he struggled with alcohol abuse and believes he stumbled into a neighbor’s home by mistake thinking it was his own house.

Still the mother who asked us not to name her because she’s been harassed said she understands his actions led to his death. Kentucky law does gives homeowner rights when they are in fear for their life

“We have what’s called the Castle Doctrine, which means as a homeowner, if somebody unlawfully enters your home or breaks into your home, you can use force up to deadly force against that intruder. It’s almost a no questions kind of thing,” retired Lexington police officer Don Evans said.

Daniel’s mother told me she believes the truth of what happened that night would come to light that her son never intended to hurt anyone.

“Investigators will look at those circumstances. But if it meets that standard then the homeowner in any case doesn’t have to face a grand jury. In fact, it is incumbent on the state to prove that situation doesn’t fall under that protection,” Evans said.

Lexington police are still investigating this incident Daniel’s mothers said police told her in two to three months she will have access to a full report of what may have happened that night.