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Masked man breaks into apartment in middle of night, comes face to face with gun-toting resident who shoots him dead

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A masked man broke into a Madison, Wisconsin, apartment in the middle of the night last week but was met by an armed resident who shot him dead.

What are the details?

Police were called to the scene in the 1700 block of Packers Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Friday after someone reported that a masked man broke into an apartment and shots were fired, WMTV-TV reported.

A man waiting outside for police directed them into the apartment, where officers found a shot man who was soon pronounced dead, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said during a news conference, according to the station.

A woman and child were inside the apartment when officers arrived, WMTV said, adding that all three people who were inside the apartment at the time of the break-in are okay and cooperating with the investigation.

Police said it isn't clear whether they knew the intruder, the station said. Multiple reports did not indicate which resident pulled the trigger.

Barnes said detectives found evidence of forced entry and are trying to figure out why the intruder targeted the apartment and whether he had accomplices, WMTV noted.

Multiple guns were found inside the apartment, the station said, but detectives haven't determined whether the intruder was armed at the time of the break-in.

Barnes said the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office needs to confirm the identity of the fatally shot man, WMTV reported.

Anything else?

Officers were near the apartment at the time of the fatal shooting because a violent burglary occurred the previous day less than a mile away, the station said.

Early Thursday morning, three men allegedly broke into a home in the 2800 block of Dryden Drive and tied up the two people who were inside before robbing them, WMTV reported.

Thursday's incident led to increased patrols in the area, the station said, adding that investigators said they don't believe the two incidents are related.

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