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Intruder tries breaking into home through child's bedroom window. Homeowner fires one shot, hitting intruder in head and ending threat.

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An Alabama homeowner shot an intruder in the head early Wednesday, ending the threat after the suspect attempted to break into the Midland City home through a child's bedroom window.

What are the details?

Authorities received a 911 call around 5:44 a.m. about a burglary in progress, Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum told the Dothan Eagle.

“The suspect attempted several ways gain entry into the home, including entering through a child’s bedroom window,” Bynum told WTVY-TV.

Bynum's statement noted that "while the caller was updating dispatchers, the suspect broke an exterior window of the residence and began to make entry," the Eagle said.

However, like a growing number of Americans, the homeowner was prepared for such an encounter, exercised the Second Amendment, and had a gun on hand for protection.

With that, Bynum said, the homeowner "discharged a firearm striking the suspect in the head," the paper added. The homeowner fired one shot, WDHN-TV reported.

A deputy arrived on the scene at 5:50 a.m. and found the suspect lying unresponsive near the residence, the paper reported. Authorities added that a broken window where the suspect tried to break into the home was visible, WDHN said.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital and listed in critical condition, the paper said. Bynum described the suspect's injuries as life-threatening, WTVY reported.

Both the suspect and the homeowner are adult males, AL.com reported.

Now what?

Citing Bynum's statement, the Eagle said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages, but after consulting with the Dale County district attorney’s office, the sheriff’s office doesn't anticipate any charges at this time.

Bynum told WTVY there's no indication the suspect and homeowner know each other; he added that the suspect’s name will be released after his family is notified about the incident. Charges will be filed against the suspect should he survive, the Eagle added, citing Bynum's statement.

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