Police: Homeowner fatally wounds intruder near 21st, Grove
02/03/2014 7:29 AM
08/06/2014 9:42 AM
A homeowner fatally wounded an intruder who attacked him inside his house early Monday morning, police said.
The 35-year-old man was awakened at about 3:45 a.m. Monday by noise inside his house at 2326 N. Poplar, Lt. Todd Ojile said. That’s just northeast of 21st and Grove in north Wichita.
When he went to investigate, he was attacked by the intruder and they fought for a short period, Ojile said. The resident was able to get a gun and fire several shots, gravely wounding the intruder.
When officers arrived at the house, they found the resident sitting outside on the curb, Ojile said. He told them he had shot someone and that person was still in the house.
The officers went into the house and found “signs of disturbance,” Ojile said.
They also found a 45-year-old man. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 a.m.
“There’s no sign at this point that he was armed,” Ojile said of the shooting victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
The resident told police no words were exchanged when he came face-to-face with his intruder, who attacked immediately. After a short scuffle, the resident fired several shots at the intruder.
There’s no indication the two men knew each other, Ojile said. Police are still questioning the resident.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office will determine any charges that may be filed in the case.
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