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After Breaking Into House, Intruder Charges Toward Armed Homeowner, Official Says. It Doesn't End Well for the Crook.


...left the house through the front door but collapsed in the yard about 50 feet away.

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A home intruder died Saturday after he charged toward the armed Pennsylvania homeowner and was shot in the chest, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, citing Washington County Coroner Tim Warco.

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Warco identified the deceased as Emanuel Ladson, 37, of Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette reported.

Ladson broke into the California borough house through a window about 3:35 a.m., Warco said, and the homeowner confronted Ladson in the kitchen.

Then Ladson “began running toward the homeowner at which time the homeowner fired a single shot from a handgun, striking the victim in the chest,” a news release said, according to the Post-Gazette.

Ladson left the house through the front door but collapsed in the yard about 50 feet away, the Post-Gazette said. He was airlifted to a hospital and pronounced dead at 4:48 a.m.

The coroner listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest. State police, borough police, and Warco are investigating the incident; Warco called it a home invasion in the press release, the Post-Gazette added. 

California Borough is about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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