Neighbors say homeowner killed best friend

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A 56-year old Kansas City, Kan., man has been placed on a 48-hour investigative hold for first degree murder after shooting a man in his front yard just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Neighbors say the victim, a white man in his 50s, was the suspect's best friend. FOX 4 has learned the homeowner is claiming self-defense. Detectives won't say why the shooter claims self-defense, but acknowledge the two men knew each other and were having an intense argument that led up to the shooting.

Neighbor Jasmine Gilliland says she heard two shots. "The guy that he shot, I believe is his best friend, cause he comes over quite often,"

Another neighbor, Sean Finley, says the victim was often at the shooter's house helping the homeowner remodel his house.

Finley wonders if the two men had a fight about money,

"I figured maybe he (the shooter) doesn't pay him for the work that he gives him and so might be a dispute between that," he said.

Kansas City, Kan., police say they won't release the victim's name until Wednesday morning.

The homeowner is being held without bond until Wyandotte County prosecutors decide if the shooting was murder or self-defense.

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