DETROIT (WWJ) – Two people were shot on Detroit’s west side, one fatally, in what police say is another case of a homeowner standing his ground.
Sgt. Michael Woody said the shooting happened around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday after a man and woman, roughly 19-years-old, tried breaking into a home on Asbury Park, near 8 Mile Road and the Southfield Freeway.
“A 47-year-old male homeowner fired shots with a rifle, several shots, striking the male suspect one time and fatally wounding him,” Woody said. “He was transported to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”
The woman, who received a gunshot wound to the leg, was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No one else was injured.
Reporting live from the scene, WWJ’s Charlie Langton said there was a commotion with neighbors gathering around the house after the shooting, but that quickly dispersed once police arrived.
An investigation is ongoing, although police say they are treating the situation as the homeowner legally protecting his property.
“We fully support our good Detroiters, good Americans that are legally in possession of weapons, defending their homes,” Woody said. “We will support our citizens in that manner. This seems to be another one of those incidents.”
There have been at least three other cases of metro Detroit homeowners shooting suspected thieves in the past few weeks.
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