Man kills home invasion suspect in St. Clair County

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI)-- A 72-year old man defending his home fired one shot at a man who broke down his back door Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Cahokia.  The suspected burglar fled the house but collapsed and died on the driveway in the 2100 block of Imbs Station Road.

The St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department is investigating the crime as a residential burglary.    Under Illinois law the crime will not be classified as a home invasion .  Intruders must know someone is at home when they break-in for the crime to be identified as a home invasion.

Capt. Scott Weymouth said they do not expect any charges to be filed against the homeowner who used a handgun to stop the burglar.

A neighbor told FOX2 News there have been several burglaries in the neighborhood and he had seen the blue Intrigue being driven in the area before.  Detectives are still working to identify the dead man.  He had no identification with him and the car`s Illinois license plate did not match the vehicle.  He is described as a black male in his mid-fifties.

 

22 comments

    • rose

      That’s good news for the guy that was put in this situation and forced to shoot someone.

  • Irwin Fletcher

    Way to go Betsy, and what are we dealing with here? Uhhh, a dead guy who picked the wrong house to break into! Shouldn’t matter if he was in the house or not, he broke into the house, game over.

    • TAMMY

      these days you have to be careful. if you have someone in your home that should not be there you do what you have to do. its your life or theirs!!! to much crime these days can’t take that chance anymore!

  • Ken

    Good for the homeowner! And to those low-comprehension readers in the first few comments, the article states “he(the burglar) fled the house”, indicating he was inside when shot. Fortunately a case of extreme lead poisoning will prevent this d-bag from being a repeat offender, because our lax justice system surely would not have.

  • Shanman

    “The St. Clair County Sheriff`s Department is investigating the crime as a residential burglary. Under Illinois law the crime will not be classified as a home invasion . Intruders must know someone is at home when they break-in for the crime to be identified as a home invasion.”

    Did they ask the dead guy if he knew someone was in the house? NO! the fact remains, someone was in the house, he broke down the door…. that is home invasion…..shoot the m-fer in the head, in the chest and that will stop crime in its tracks every time…. The police are always after the fact, i prefer to be at an advantage rather than be a statistic.

  • Matt Hall

    I live about a mile down the road from where this happened, and I can definaty say it was hhodrats coming up the hill. There are contantly cars of about Two to three shady looking caracters driving slow down the road, checkin it! Lucky for me I have several big black dogs, and several big black guns. Kudos to my nieghbor.

  • Amy

    If somebody broke down my door I would most certainly take their life. Not because I wanted to, but because I have the right to protect myself and family. Yet there are idiots out there who want to take that right away from us. What if that was you, or better yet your child being put in harms way? The fact of the matter is, whether the burglar knew anyone was home or not, being shot is a risk he had to of known was possible. He made the choice to break in anyways. Kudos to this home owner for protecting himself.

    • rose

      Being a criminal has become a very dangerous occupation, and it’s going to get more dangerous for them, as people are fed up with them and have had enough. They are the ones that put everybody involved into the situations of -It’s them or you.

  • Cindy

    If a person has enough guts to break into a persons home with them in it then that’s what they get. Its either them are you well they need to think about what might be awaiting them inside. Go
    Second Amendment it just saved tax payers a lot of cost.

    • DickG

      The homeowner should be charged! He set a trap for the poor burglar.
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      There were no signs on the doors or windows to indicate that the homeowner was home, that he was armed with a deadly weapon, and that he was willing and able to use it against an unsuspecting intruder.
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      It just wasn’t fair!

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