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Home Invader Fatally Shot After Crossing Armed Homeowner

New Orleans, LA – A home intruder was fatally shot after entering a residence and lunging towards the homeowner on Thursday night, according to police.

The incident occurred at a French Quarter home in the 500-block of Dauphine Street at approximately 7 p.m. on June 3, The Times-Picayune reported.

Neighbors later told police they had seen a man who appeared to have been intoxicated pulling on door handles of multiple buildings along the block prior to the deadly confrontation.

One couple told New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers the suspect was banging on doors and appeared to be so drunk he “could barely stand,” The Times-Picayune reported.

When the suspect pounded on the door of one of the residences, the homeowner “retrieved a gun and opened the door,” the NOPD said.

That’s when the man barged into the house and “lunged towards” the homeowner, police said.

The homeowner fired the gun, fatally wounding the intruder, The Times-Picayune reported.

The identity, gender, and age of the homeowner has not been released.

The suspect was identified only as a 29-year-old man.

An NOPD spokesperson said on Friday that no charges will be filed against the homeowner “at this time…based on the investigation and circumstances of this incident,” The Times-Picayune reported.

An anonymous employee working at a nearby restaurant said she was preparing to close up shop when she heard a single gunshot ring out, according to the paper.

A man yelled out and police sirens soon followed, she said.

Another neighbor told The Times-Picayune that “a lot of violence” takes place in the area around 3 to 4 a.m.

Resident Darrick Akey told WVUE he was walking back home after stepping out for a bit and returned to find police swarming the area.

“The street was blocked off and a guy said a guy got shot,” Akey said. “So unfortunately, it didn’t really shock me that much. I hate that.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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