HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - An attempted home invasion in Highland County Monday morning left the would-be intruder shot dead, according to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 10:40 a.m., the sheriff’s office says it received a 911 call from a male homeowner saying he’d just shot another man trying to break into his house.
The house is located around the 5000 block of SR 124.
“I just shot this guy,” the homeowner told the dispatcher, his voice panicked and distraught. “He tried to attack me. Tried to get in my back door and everything.”
The homeowner said he and his wife were eating breakfast when the man, whom he describes as being in his thirties, tried to get in their home’s back door and said he was going to kill them.
“I’ve never seen his face before in my life,” the homeowner said.
The man allegedly went into the garage, then the homeowner came out the front door of his house with a gun.
The man charged the homeowner, he says, at which point he shot the man.
Sheriff’s office deputies and detectives went to the scene along with the Highland County Coroner, the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the life squad.
They found the man who had been shot alive and tried to save him, but he died shortly after they arrived, the sheriff’s office says.
His name has not been released.
A woman who lives nearby tells FOX19 NOW the man who was killed had been in the garage of the home, throwing things around and saying he was there to kill the homeowner.
The woman also says while the man who was killed wasn’t in the right state of mind, he was a ‘good person.’
The incident is under investigation.