Southgate homeowner shoots home invasion suspect

Published January 29th, 2015 | By


An attempted home invasion ended in the death of the burglary suspect on Thursday morning in Southgate, MI, located nine miles south of Detroit. The incident happened around 4:47AM when the homeowners, a man and woman in their 60s, were woken by the intruder attempting to enter a window. The man fired his legal firearm on the armed intruder, killing him.

The Detroit News reported on the story around 11AM EST. No details about the identities of the homeowners or suspect have been released. One statement by police chief Jeff Smith suggested that no charges will be placed against the homeowners, saying that “He had a legal firearm so we don’t see any problems with the shooting.”

Another statement from Southgate Police Department director Thomas Coombs also reiterated that since the homeowner had a legal firearm and was facing an intruder, he was justified. “You can, obviously, defend your home if someone comes into your house,” Coombs stated to reporters.

A link to the news report from Fox Detroit can be see here:


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