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Man who allegedly breaks into residence comes face to face with armed homeowner who ends encounter in lethal fashion
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Man who allegedly breaks into residence comes face to face with armed homeowner who ends encounter in lethal fashion

After a man allegedly broke into a Colorado Springs residence Tuesday night, he was met by an armed homeowner who ended things in lethal fashion.

What are the details?

Police arrived at the home in the 700 block of Nebula Court just before 8 p.m. believing they were responding to a burglary, KRDO-TV reported.

The homeowner told officers he shot the man who broke in, the station said.

Police told KRDO the alleged intruder — identified as 28-year-old William Zink — ran from the house after he was shot, and officers found him bleeding in a nearby ditch. Zink was taken to a hospital where he died, the station added.

"Somebody walks into your home, you're gonna get startled, you're gonna get scared," Robert Tornabene, public information officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, told KRDO.

Tornabene added to the station that the homeowner "was concerned with their safety, was armed with a handgun, and ended up shooting at the person."

The police department's Homicide Unit is in charge of the investigation, KRDO said.

"Just trying to piece everything together ... timeline, understanding how he got in, understanding the [home]owner's state of mind when this occurred and where they were," Tornabene added to the station. "Were they in fear for their life and so on."

Police told KRDO there's no indication the two men knew each other, and police also said they believe Zink was entering the home to commit some type of crime.

Anything else?

Tornabene added to the station that the purpose of the Homicide Unit's investigation is to first make sure there's no connection between the homeowner and Zink before taking more steps.

In addition, Tornabene told KRDO the department can't comment on whether the homeowner will face any criminal charges as the case is still an active investigation.

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