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October 7, 2013

Fort Wayne homeowner kills suspected burglar

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Police in Fort Wayne say a homeowner fatally shot a man who was apparently breaking into the house.

Officers were called to the house late Sunday, where they found the man on the front port. The Journal Gazette reports medics pronounced him dead at the scene just south of the city's downtown.

Fort Wayne police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner tells WANE-TV the preliminary investigation shows the man tried to enter the house and was shot by the homeowner in self-defense. Joyner says other robberies have happened in the neighborhood recently, but the slain man wasn't believed involved with those.

Joyner says investigators were questioning the homeowner, who is in his 70s and was home alone at the time. The homeowner wasn't injured.

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