75-Year-Old Detroit Man Shoots Home Invader

'There's no reason for anyone to violate the rights of senior citizens'

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November 30, 2016

A 75-year-old Detroit man is alive, one suspected intruder is dead, and another is at large after a home invasion on Friday.

The man told police that he heard a noise at his home's back door around 3 a.m. on Friday. Two men broke an exterior window to gain access to the home and then used a crowbar to break into an interior door. When the homeowner went to investigate he found the two men standing in his kitchen.

"He ended up firing two shots, striking one of the suspects," Officer Dan Donakowski told the Detroit News. "Both suspects attempted to flee on foot, but the one that was hit collapsed in the backyard and was pronounced dead at the scene."

Police said the suspects in the break-in were between the ages of 16 and 18 but did not release the identity of anyone involved in the ordeal. One community leader described the homeowner's actions as a justifiable case of self-defense.

"These two young males presented imminent danger and the homeowner protected himself," the local community security chairman told ABC affiliate WXYZ. "There's no reason for anyone to violate the rights of senior citizens, women, children and try to break into a home."

Police said the homeowner was cooperating with their investigation and they don't plan to file any charges.

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