LOS ANGELES, CA – In the early hours of Saturday, a Los Angeles resident turned the tables on three would-be burglars, fatally shooting one of them, police reported.
The confrontation took place around 5 a.m. in the Granada Hills neighborhood. The police, after arriving at the scene, learned from the homeowner about the frightening encounter. He, along with an elderly woman and a child, were inside the house when the trio of masked men broke in.
The homeowner relayed to the police that the intruders were dressed in dark clothes and hoodies. In a bid to protect his family and himself, he grabbed a handgun and fired several shots, striking one of the intruders.
After the shooting, the homeowner chased the other two suspects out of his property. The suspects, who had driven to the scene in a black BMW sedan, abandoned their car and escaped on foot.
Upon arrival, paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department declared the injured suspect dead. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office later revealed that the deceased had been shot twice and was carrying items stolen from the homeowner’s house.
Detectives from the Operations Valley Bureau Homicide carried out an initial investigation. The homeowner was questioned at the Devonshire Community Police Station and was subsequently released. As of Sunday evening, the police had not made any arrests related to the incident.