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Homeowner shoots, kills robber during home invasion

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Sheriffs Office is investigating a home invasion where the suspected robbers were both shot early Sunday morning.

A short time before 2 a.m., officials say a resident in the 1100 block of Beissinger Road was awakened by two black males entering his home and demanding money. The suspects were armed with a small handgun and the resident told police that he was struck in the head with the gun.

Police say the intruders demanded money -- the homeowner pretended to get the cash, but instead went to grab the semi-automatic rifle, and began firing at the men.

"He backed into a room, and they allowed him to do that where he had this semi-automatic rifle, so he grabbed the rifle thinking that they were going to shoot him, and then a gun battle ensued from there," said Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

The homeowner says he was able to defend himself with an semi-automatic weapon and fired at the suspects. When officers arrived, the intruders were found near the exit inside the residence with multiple gunshot wounds. Both of the men were flown to University Hospital by Air Care, one of the suspects later died.

The names of the suspect are not being released, officers believe the homeowner knew at least of the suspects.

Sheriff Richard Jones says that because of budget cuts, there was only four patrol officers and four detectives available. He says it was very difficult to investigate the case, process the scene, follow up on leads and identify the victim and suspects at two different hospitals.

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