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State Dept.: Highlands Ranch man accused of killing 2 in Pakistan has diplomatic immunity

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Wednesday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed to 9NEWS that Raymond Allen Davis has a home in Highlands Ranch. Davis' security firm has filed paperwork to do business in Colorado.

Pakistani authorities are currently holding Davis on suspicion of murdering two Pakistani civilians last Thursday in Lahore, Pakistan. The U.S. State Department has spent the last few days trying to secure Davis' release on a belief he has diplomatic immunity and that he was acting in self-defense.

9Wants to Know has learned that Davis is currently renting a home with his wife in Highlands Ranch. Davis' wife gave 9NEWS a name and number she says she was instructed to give to reporters. The number is connected to a government spokesperson in Washington D.C.

Pakistani media is covering the case extensively and multiple, sizeable rallies have been held inside Pakistan calling on the Pakistani government not to release Davis to the American government. One Pakistani newspaper has repeatedly called Davis "an American Rambo."

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department refused to confirm the man's identity but said the U.S. government is currently trying to bring the man home.

"We continue to work to secure the release of the individual who we believe is entitled to full diplomatic immunity," Nicole Thompson, spokesperson for the State Department, said. "We are working daily with the Pakistanis on this case."

Thompson called the shooting "an act of self-defense."

Pakistani and American news articles on Jan. 27 indicated Davis was in a car when a pair of men approached him on motorcycles.

"The American told us that he opened fire in self-defense after one of the men pulled out a pistol," Lahore Police Chief Aslam Tarin told Rueters at the time.

Two men were killed in the incident.

The Pakistani government, despite the requests of the U.S. State Department, has so far decided to hold Davis and appears ready to send the case to trial.

On Wednesday, Pakistani media reported Interior Minister Rehman Malik had informed the country's Upper House of Parliament that the accused would be treated in accordance with the "law of the land."

"Law will take its course and no favor will be done with the accused," Malik reportedly said.

He also added that, as of now, Davis will not be allowed to leave the country.

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