February 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Detroit homeowner kills 1 intruder, wounds another

Detroit — Two men who broke into a southwest Detroit house early Saturday morning encountered an armed homeowner who opened fire, killing one of the intruders and wounding the other.

The incident is the second this week involving a homeowner who used a firearm to fend off intruders.

The most recent shooting happened at about 2 a.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Toledo, Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said.

“After two men broke into the home, one of the suspects attempted to hit the homeowner with a tire-iron,” Johnson said. “A struggle ensued, and the homeowner managed to shoot both of them.”

A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound to the chest, Johnson said. The second suspect, ran away.

On Monday, a woman made national news after she fired at three teens, ages 14, 14 and 15, who broke into her northwest side home. The teens were quickly arrested and charged with home invasion.

Detroit Police James Craig said on Saturday that Dateline NBC plans to interview him about that case, which he discussed Friday on CNN’s “Nancy Grace Show.”

Craig has repeatedly stressed his belief that the city’s crime rate would be lowered if more responsible citizens were armed, because criminals would think twice about attacking them.

“I’ve said it many times: Good Americans with guns can help deter crime,” Craig said.

Anyone with information about the second suspect in Saturday’s shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP (773-2587).

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