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One suspect is dead and another on the loose after a resident fought back during an attempted home invasion on Detroit's west side, according to police.

A 75-year-old man heard noise at his back door around 3 a.m. Friday and found two suspects standing inside his home, Officer Dan Donakowski said.

"He ended up firing two shots, striking one of the suspects," Donakowski said. "Both suspects attempted to flee on foot, but the one that was hit collapsed in the backyard and was pronounced dead at the scene."

The second suspect escaped in an unknown direction, according to police.

Both suspects are unidentified and are described by police as males agesĀ 16-18 years old.

The incident remains under investigation, Donakowski said.

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