A Monday night turned deadly after a Pennsylvania man was shot and killed while attempting to defend his home.
WYOMISSING, Penn. – We often publish stories about homeowners protecting themselves and their property during break-ins, often shooting and sometimes killing the intruder.
A man facing a similar situation in Pennsylvania Monday night was not so lucky as the home invasion turned into a homicide.
According to reports, two men allegedly attempted to break into the man’s home between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday. The man’s two young sons were home when two men tried breaking in to his home on Birchwood Road, said Wyomissing Police Chief Jeffery Biehl.
Police are withholding the victim’s name.
When the homeowner realized his children’s safety had been compromised, he confronted the intruders.
The man was reportedly pepper sprayed by his assailants. He told police he then tried to push the invaders out of his home. That’s when one of the men shot him, hitting him in the left side of his upper body.
The man’s children reported hearing a struggle from where they were in an adjacent room.
Police say that following the shot, the unidentified man was able to call 911 and report the crime and his injuries. When units arrived at the scene, Biehl said the man was able to meet officials at the door.
The homeowner was rushed to the hospital after the shooting around 10 p.m. in a residential neighborhood near the Berkshire Mall, officials said.
He eventually succumbed to his injuries, passing away at around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
When asked if the neighborhood should be concerned about their safety, Biehl noted that authorities believed it had been an isolated incident and that the man’s house was the intended target.
Investigators spent the remainder of the evening searching through the victim’s home. No arrests have been made in the deadly event.
On the scene of a reported shooting Monday night in #Wyomissing. Reports indicated a resident was shot in the arm by a suspect who was trying to break into the house. No word yet on the severity of the injury. pic.twitter.com/RvLvgwdZPk
— Michael Yoder (@YoderReports) May 7, 2019
“As far as the neighbors are concerned, you have to be concerned because this happened in your neighborhood,” Biehl said. “Neighbors need to be watching who comes and goes in this neighborhood. But this doesn’t seem to be random. The victim seems to have been targeted for whatever reason.”
As of Tuesday morning, there is no available description for the suspects.
“If anyone has any video, even of a car passing through the neighborhood, we’d want to take a look at that,” Biehl said.
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