NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A burglary suspect was shot and killed by a homeowner in North Lauderdale early Friday morning, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Deputies were called to a home at 8161 SW 11th St. just after 3 a.m.
BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said the homeowner "heard something in his back yard, armed himself, went to the back yard and that's when he noticed that there was a man attempting to break into his home and he fired his weapon."
The homeowner told deputies he was trying to protect his wife, 30-year-old child and 14-year-old grandchild.
No one inside the home was hurt.
The suspect was taken to Broward Health North, where he later died.
Neighbors told Local 10 News they've seen a recent spike in crime in the area.
However, Concepcion said North Lauderdale had a 40 percent drop in burglaries from 2014 to 2013. She said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred had a 42 percent decrease in residential burglaries in the first six months of 2014 compared to that same time period in 2013.
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