A would-be burglar has reportedly been shot dead by a homeowner after climbing through the home’s second-story bedroom window in the middle of the night.
The crook was gunned down on Thursday night around 11:20 pm after allegedly entering the Vancouver, Washington, home.
KPTV reported that the man entered through the window after breaking it.
However, he was then confronted by the homeowner, who shot him.
Police arrived and found the suspect dead at the scene, KATU noted.
Kim Kapp, a spokesperson for Vancouver police, told KGW-TV that the suspect “used a vehicle to boost themselves up onto the second story and then broke in through the window of what appears to be a bedroom of the home.”
The homeowner confronted the intruder in the bedroom where he’d broken in and shot him during the encounter.
Kapp told the station the homeowner and his spouse were home at the time of the break-in of their house on NE 157th Court, a cul-de-sac that backs up to NE 28th Street.
Police said that they did not believe any children were present.
Kapp added to KGW that she didn’t know if the intruder was armed.
Police confirmed that the break-in appeared to be random and told the station there’s no indication so far that the intruder and homeowner knew each other.
Kapp could not say if the homeowner is likely to face any charges, KGW reported.
“I don’t know,” Kapp noted to the station.
“I mean … definitely something that is not uncommon when people are entering people’s homes.
“But I don’t have the details on anything further on the investigation, and we’re in the very early stages of that.”
The police department’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating the incident, KGW said.
The Clark County Medical Examiner is expected to issue autopsy results and provide the name of the suspect within the next several days, the station reported.
There were no other reported injuries, Kapp added to KGW.
One neighbor said the suspect came to her house that night before the shooting just after 11 p.m. and tried repeatedly to open the door.
She said when she opened the door he told her he thought his mother lived there and tried again to get in but she was able to close and lock it.
FOX 12 reported that she heard the gunshot just minutes after the suspect left her house.