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Resident kills burglar in shootout at north St. Louis County home, police say

Resident kills burglar in shootout at north St. Louis County home, police say


ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A homeowner, 32, killed a would-be burglar in an exchange of shots Monday morning in north St. Louis County, officials said.

St. Louis County police were searching for an accomplice who got away. The resident was not hurt.

The homeowner called police shortly before 10 a.m. to report a burglary in progress at the home in the 6100 block of Rocket Drive, said police Sgt. Brian Schellman. The block is north of Parker Road between Spanish Lake and Black Jack.

When police arrived, they found one man dead from gunshots near the back door of the residence, along with a weapon, Schellman said.

The homeowner, who is cooperating with investigators, told police he heard banging on his front door and saw two men he did not recognize.

He then went to get a gun, and the two men knocked down his back door, Schellman said.

There was then an exchange of gunfire between one of the intruders and the homeowner. Police found the deceased man’s gun, Schellman said.

“At this point, it does not appear that the homeowner did anything wrong,” he said.

Schellman did not yet have a description of the man who was still at large. Police did not release the names of the dead man or the homeowner.

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Christine Byers is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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