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PD: Home invasion suspect shot and killed during attempted break-in

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Police say a home invasion suspect was shot and killed during an attempted break-in near 28th Avenue and Acoma Wednesday morning, just before 2 a.m.

According to police, the suspect went to one home and the owner heard the alarm in his truck go off.  That homeowner grabbed baseball bat and went outside to find no one there, but witnessed someone acting in a bizarre way further down the street.  He called 911 and watched what happened next.

"I went outside to see what was going on and the guy was standing by my garage, acting all kind of crazy..talking to himself, acting really weird," he said.  "And then he went over to my neighbor's house, another neighbor's house..acting the same way..all kinds of crazy.  And went over to the final house..was actually up by their front door and their windows..and the neighbor's dog started going kind of crazy..and he was either barking at him or yelling at him or something."

The suspect then tried to break into a bedroom through a window where two little girls, ages 4 and 7, were sleeping.  Authorities say their dad tried to warn the intruder, but he didn't listen.

The homeowner shot the suspect three times on the front porch after he appeared to pull a weapon from his pants.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is described as a 35-year-old white male. He later died at a hospital.

Police say at this time, the homeowner, who was just trying to protect his family, was not arrested.  He returned to his house and probably won't be charged with anything.

Neighbors say they're grateful for what he did.

"He wasn't just protecting him, he was protecting us too," the 911 caller told us.

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