Montgomery County

Homeowner Fatally Shoots Man He Says Broke Into Maryland House

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A homeowner shot and killed a man he said was breaking into his home in Montgomery County, Maryland, Monday morning, police say.

The homeowner called 911 about 9 a.m. and said someone was trying to get in his home in the 18000 block of River Road in Poolesville. He told police he heard some noises, armed himself and confronted the suspect inside the house.

He fired at the man while on the phone with the dispatcher, according to police audio.

“Units responding to the burglary: the suspect is now in the house. … The complainant is firing his weapon at the subject now. There is shouting in the background as well,” the dispatcher tells police.

When officers arrived at the house, they found a man dead inside.

Montgomery County police said the homeowner, who has not been identified, was alone inside the house at the time. He was not hurt.

The man who was killed was found inside a room in the house and police are still investigating whether he was armed, investigators said. He also has not been identified.

The house is in a rural area, where homes are on acres of land.

"I can say it's interesting that this person did happen upon this house, but right now we're still trying to find out why this person did happen to come upon this house, specifically," a spokesperson for the Montgomery County Police Department said.

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