Officers responding to a home invasion in Colorado reportedly gunned down the homeowner — moments after he reportedly fatally shot the intruder.
Police in Aurora received multiple calls around 1:30 a.m. Monday reporting a disturbance, news station KUSA reported. One of the callers reportedly told 911 that a man broke into her home.
Officials said they arrived at the “very chaotic and violent” scene and heard gunshots inside a home.
They reportedly encountered an armed man and an officer shot him.
The armed victim was later identified as the homeowner, 73-year-old Richard “Gary” Black.
Black was a US Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War and was a certified public accountant, according to KUSA.
Police said that a child injured by the intruder was brought to the hospital. The dead trespasser’s identity hasn’t been released.
“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved,” a police spokesperson said in a statement. “We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.”