A father protecting his home and his 2-year-old son opened fire on a trio of suspected armed robbers in Virginia on Sunday killing two of them. The third man escaped and is still at large.

The local sheriff’s department in Prince Edward, VA, says it all unfolded around 4:30am when the three men busted down the door of the man’s home. The homeowner told authorities the men were armed and he exchanged fire with them, killing two of the suspects and sending a third running. A K-9 unit tracked that suspect, but his trail went cold and deputies believe he was picked up by a vehicle.

Local station WWBT-TV says the trio entered the home “violently” and has footage from the scene. A blurred image suggests one of the suspects died on the front lawn:

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The father and the child were not harmed.

The story is in stark contrast to another that gained attention last week in Miami, FL. There, two men broke into a family home in an apparent attempted robbery and held a man’s wife at gunpoint. When they tried to enter the room of the couple’s 11-year-old daughter, he jumped up and fought back. That’s when he was shot and died.

So far, no reports have suggested the dad in the latest incident in Virginia will be charged in the deaths of the suspects. The Virginia State Police, which is assisting in the investigation, did not immediately return a request for comment by TheBlaze.

“From the way it looks, he (the homeowner) was defending himself,” Prince Edward County Sheriff Wesley Reed said.

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