Homeowner shoots, kills intruder near Brown's Point

Pierce County sheriff's deputies investigate a shooting Saturday, April 15, 2017. Authorities say a homeowner shot and killed an intruder. (Photo via Pierce Co. Sheriff's Office).

TACOMA, Wash. -- A homeowner shot and killed a 27-year-old man who forced his way into his home early Saturday morning.

The shooting occurred in the 5100 block of Ninth Avenue Northeast around 3:30 a.m., Ed Troyer with Pierce County Sheriff's Office said.

The homeowner awoke to the sound of a burglar on his porch, Troyer said.

The homeowner alerted the suspect that he was in the house. The suspect then forced his way into the home.

The homeowner confronted the suspect and shot him once, Troyer said. The bullet also hit a nearby car.

Authorities say the suspect, who is from Tacoma, died on scene. His identity will be released by the Pierce County Medical Examiner.

A toddler in the home at the time of the shooting was not hurt.

Detectives and forensic investigators were on scene Saturday morning. The homeowners are cooperating.

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