Homeowner Fatally Shoots Suspected Burglar in Arlington Heights: LAPD

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An investigation was underway Arlington Heights after a resident shot an intruder on Dec. 14, 2015, police say. (Credit: Dave Mecham / KTLA)

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A homeowner fatally shot an intruder who had tried to burglarize a home in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles on Monday morning, according to LAPD.

About 8:35 a.m., officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 1700 block of Fifth Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Kim said.

When two male intruders entered the home and allegedly attempted to burglarize it, the homeowner pulled out a firearm and shot one of the men, police on scene said. The homeowner called 911.

The suspected burglar was later pronounced dead inside the house, and the other man fled and hadn't been found as of midday, police said.

The second burglar was last seen fleeing eastbound on West 17th Street on a green bicycle, police said, after initially reporting him fleeing on foot in a different direction.

The man was described by police as Hispanic, about 20 years old, and wearing a black sweater and gray pants.

The homeowner was cooperating with the investigation, according to police.

Neighbors said the homeowner's family had lived in the house since the 1970s.

"If somebody tried to break in on him, he had every right to do what he does," neighbor Rodney Taylor said.

The neighborhood is filled with Craftsman-style homes, and residents say the many longtime homeowners watch out for each other.

KTLA's Crystal Garcia contributed to this story. 

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