Police shoot armed Colo. resident who killed intruder

Police shoot armed Colo. resident who killed intruder
KDVR via CNN

Police responding to reports of an intruder in Aurora, Colorado, ended up shooting an armed resident who had shot and killed the intruder.

The Aurora Police Department said officers arrived at the home shortly after 1:30 a.m. Monday and heard shots fired from inside, according to a report from KDVR-TV in Denver.

“Officers arrived to a very chaotic and violent scene,” Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

Once inside the home, officers encountered an armed man and shot him. The man, who turned out to be the homeowner, was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and later died, according to police.

Police say they found the intruder dead inside the home on a bathroom floor. He had been fatally shot by the armed resident.

Authorities also found a juvenile in the home with injuries caused by the intruder. The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for “serious, but non-life-threatening injuries,” Metz said.

The officer who shot the homeowner has been placed on paid administrative reassignment in accordance with police department policy.

“This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved,” Metz said in his statement. “We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time.”