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Father shoots, kills home intruder in Lancaster

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Posted at 9:24 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 12:24:39-04

LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was fatally shot after allegedly breaking into a Lancaster home.

The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. Sunday in the 45100 block of Loma Vista Drive.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives say the man got into the home through one of the downstairs rear windows and walked into an upstairs bedroom.

That's when the homeowner who feared for the safety of himself and his children grabbed a gun and fired a shot, which struck the suspect in the upper torso, according to authorities.

The family inside the home at the time was not injured.

It appears the same suspect may have tried to break into other homes in the neighborhood first. Doorbell video from one home shows the man on a front porch trying to enter.

Residents of the neighborhood are feeling on edge about their own safety after the incident and say they believe their neighbor was justified in the shooting.

"I would do the same thing," said one neighbor, Darrell Jones.

No additional information was released.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

*This article was originally posted on ABC7 Los Angeles.