Police responding to burglary kill homeowner, not intruder

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house.

Until ballistic and other evidence can be reviewed, police said they couldn't say who fired the shots while officers were on Christopher Thompkins' front porch. But police Acting Chief Scott Schubert called what happened "a horrible chain of events."

Thompkins, 57, died in the gunfire before dawn Sunday. Police did not report finding a gun on the intruder, identified as Juan Brian Jeter-Clark, 23. Jeter-Clark was charged with criminal trespass but could face additional counts.
Police responding to burglary kill homeowner, not intruder

I'd imagine this is every police officers nightmare.
 
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