Home invasion victim shoots, kills one

Posted: April 01, 2013

A 63-year-old Philadelphia man shot and killed one of two men who broke into his home early Sunday morning after they climbed into the residence through a second-floor window and fought him, police said.

Having received a report of someone breaking in a building in the 1400 block of South 6th Street in the city's Southwark section at 12:53 a.m. Sunday, police were heading there when they received a second call that shots had been fired.

The resident told them two men had apparently climbed onto a roof and then came through his bathroom window, police said.

The intruders struggled with the man, who was able to get his gun, police said. He then fired multiple shots at the men, who ran back out the bathroom window.

Officers found one of the intruders unresponsive on the rear roof of the building. Medics pronounced him dead at 1:16 a.m. Police do not expect to release his identity Sunday.

The other intruder had fled the scene by the time police arrived. He is described as a white male in his 30s, medium build and clean shaven, wearing dark clothing.

Police also would not disclose information on the type of gun used, whether the intruders were armed or whether the resident faces any charges.

It also was unclear whether the resident was hurt in the struggle.


Contact Jonathan Lai at 856-779-3220, jlai@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @elaijuh.

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