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Armed masked man breaks into home. But owner is a sheriff's deputy — and she takes care of business.

An off-duty Michigan sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who broke into her home around 2 a.m. Saturday, Detroit police said. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Talk about picking the wrong residence to mess with.

What went down?

  • An off-duty Michigan sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who broke into her home around 2 a.m. Saturday, Detroit police told WDIV-TV.
  • The intruder — wearing a black ski mask and carrying a gun, police told WXYZ-TV — woke up the Wayne County deputy as he kicked in her door and entered her home, WDIV said.

Image source: WDIV-TV video screenshot

  • But the deputy grabbed her gun and waited, WDIV reported.
  • Gunfire was exchanged, police told WDIV. While it's unclear who fired first, the 15-year veteran deputy was the better shot, fatally wounding the 26-year-old intruder through the heart, WDIV said.
  • The unnamed suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, WXYZ reported.
  • The deputy — who's 35, WXYZ said — was not injured, WDIV added.
  • The sheriff's office said the deputy will be assigned administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation, WXYZ reported, adding that Detroit police are investigating as well.

Image source: WXYZ-TV video screenshot

What are neighbors saying?

  • "I would have probably did the same thing," Curran Pickett, who lives on the block, told WDIV. "She did what she had to do."
  • "You come into somebody's house — what'd you expect?" he added to the station. "And then, you're armed."

Image source: WDIV-TV video screenshot

  • Another neighbor spoke to WXYZ — but without revealing her name or face — said she keeps a gun by her bedside given the break-in spike that's hit once-quiet neighborhood : "I'm not playin' ... I know how to use the bad boy, and I'm not afraid to use it."

Image source: WDIV-TV video screenshot

  • Pickett said even a self-defense deadly shooting may not be so easy for the deputy to cope with: "That'll be on your membrane," he told WDIV. "That's something you have to think about for the rest of your life regardless if you live there or somewhere else."
  • In the end, Pickett said he hopes crooks thinking about similar crimes will start thinking twice — and he offered a simple message to them, WDIV said: "Stay out of people's houses."

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)

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