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

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...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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