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APD: Reported home invader dies after SW ABQ resident opens fire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A reported masked intruder died after a southwest Albuquerque resident opened fire during an alleged home invasion late Saturday night, according to a police spokesman.

Around 11:30 p.m. the man called the police to report that two people dressed in black and wearing masks were attempting to break into his house on the 9500 block of Sunburst Road SW, officer Simon Drobik said.

“The homeowner challenged the subjects and fired his handgun at them when he observed them in a room of his home armed with blunt objects or edged weapons,” Drobik said.

Drobik said at least one of the reported masked intruders died at the scene.

“When police arrived one of the subjects who had been in the home was located deceased in the yard,” he said. “The other, described only as wearing all black clothing with a mask over the face, was no longer on scene.”

Drobik didn’t say if investigators believe the reported intruder died of gunshot wounds.

He didn’t provide any additional information about the reported home invaders, including their genders, and he didn’t provide the name of the resident.

“At this time the homeowner has not been charged with a crime, however this is an ongoing and active investigation,” he said. “Anyone with information about this crime or the possible offender is asked to contact the Albuquerque Police Department.”

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