Homeowner Wrestles Away Gun, Kills Attacker: Police

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    A homeowner fights back. NBC10's Chris Cato reports with the latest details from the Digital Operations Center on an attempted robbery in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia Tuesday night. (Published Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014)

    A man and his fiance came home Tuesday night to find a group of armed men rummaging through a bedroom in their Philadelphia home.

    One of those men wouldn't make it out of that home alive as the resident turned the table on his attackers, according to Philadelphia Police. 

    Around 10:15 p.m., police responded to the 5700 block of Wyndale Avenue in the city's Wynnefield section.

    When they arrived they found a man in his 20s dead of a gunshot wound to his head and a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    Officers rushed the injured man to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition.

    "The 22-year-old male who was shot in the leg lives at this location," said Small.

    Small said that when the man returned home with his 26-year-old live-in fiance they found four to five men, some wearing masks and some carrying guns, burglarizing a second floor bedroom.

    The intruders forced the woman to the ground and that is when struggle ensued, during which the unidentified resident wrestled a gun from one of his attackers and shot that man in the head.

    That unidentified attacker, who was wearing gloves, died a short time later while his alleged accomplices fled.

    Investigators found spent shell casings near the dead man's body and some more on the steps. They also found a couple weapons on the scene.

    The female resident wasn't hurt.

    It appeared that the suspects broke in through a first-floor window, said Small.

    The victims were talking to detectives as the investigation continued Wednesday morning.

    Small said it's rare for something like this to happen in this normally quiet neighborhood.

    "This is normally a nice, quiet, peaceful neighborhood."

    Small said however there have been some burglaries in the neighborhood in the past.

    Police didn't immediately have descriptions of the attackers.

    No charges were immediately filed.