A Detroit gun owner shot and killed an intruder who, along with an accomplice, tried to break into his home on Thursday. The second intruder managed to escape with his life and is currently being hunted by police.
The unidentified homeowner told police he heard glass break at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. He witnessed a man climbing in through a window — so he armed himself and shot the suspect.
The intruder, identified as a 17-year-old male, collapsed on the driveway and was later pronounced dead due to a gunshot wound to the chest. The other suspect who fled is in his 20s.
Though the homeowner is shaken up over the incident, Dep. Chief Rodney Johnson told WJBK-TV that it sends a “message to the criminals.”
That message: “Stop coming into people’s homes unannounced and uninvited. Crime no longer pays in the city of Detroit.”
In the past two weeks, five Detroit homeowners have caught intruders trying to rob houses in the same neighborhood on the city’s west side.