Burglar shot dead after breaking into second-floor bedroom of Vancouver, Washington home


Burglar shot dead after breaking into second-floor bedroom of Vancouver, Washington home

Police in Vancouver, Washington, are investigating the fatal shooting of a burglar Thursday night.

A man broke into a bedroom on the second floor of a home on a cul-de-sac in a suburb outside Portland, Oregon, just before 11:30 p.m.

The intruder was killed by the homeowner who confronted the burglar.

The intruder was already dead when officers from the Vancouver Police Department arrived on the scene.

The house (center left) where was broken into last Thursday evening by a would-be burglar who was shot on the spot by the homeowner

Police say the intruder used the height of a vehicle to reach the entrance to a second-floor bedroom, where he was then confronted by the armed homeowner

Police say the intruder used the height of a vehicle to reach the entrance to a second-floor bedroom, where he was then confronted by the armed homeowner

Department spokesman Kim Kapp said: “It appears they used a vehicle to drive themselves to the second floor and then broke in through the window of what appears to be a bedroom of the home.”

The homeowner and his wife were in the home when the burglary occurred, but Kapp said she did not believe there were children in the house at the time.

The homeowner went into the bedroom to confront the intruder and shot him during the encounter.

Images from a boarded-up window show the broken glass where the intruder broke into the house.

The case is under investigation by the Major Crimes Division of the Vancouver Police Department.

Kapp said she wasn’t sure if the intruder was armed and detectives will gather more information in the coming days.

There is currently no indication that the homeowner and the intruder knew each other, and local news outlets reported that the burglary appeared to be ‘random.’

The Vancouver Police Department's major crimes unit took over the investigation into the burglary and fatal shooting, though police could not confirm whether the homeowner might be charged in the near future.

The Vancouver Police Department’s major crimes unit took over the investigation into the burglary and fatal shooting, though police could not confirm whether the homeowner might be charged in the near future.

Kapp also could not confirm whether the homeowner is likely to be charged in the shooting.

‘I don’t know. I mean…certainly something that isn’t uncommon when people go into other people’s homes. But I have no further details on the investigation, we are in the very early stages of that,” she said.

There were no injuries except the intruder. And while they have not yet been released, the Clark County medical examiner’s office is expected to provide the suspect’s identity and the results of an autopsy in the coming days.

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