Alleged Home Invader Shot at Dep. Fire Chief's House

Brazen break-in allegedly happened in broad daylight in a quiet Northeast Philly neighborhood

A woman was shot during an alleged home invasion at the home of a Philadelphia deputy fire chief, police say.

The incident happened at Philadelphia Deputy Fire Chief Robert Wilkins' home at Frontenac and Hoffnagle Streets in the Rhawnhurst section of city around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

Police claim the unidentified woman broke the glass to a storm door and then kicked in the locked front door.

Wilkins, who was sleeping upstairs, grabbed his gun and confronted her, police said. He then opened fire on the woman as she fled, hitting her four times.

The woman was taken to Aria Hospital - Torresdale in critical condition with gun shot wounds to her abdomen and leg. She did not appear to be armed and no weapon was recovered on her or at the scene, according to police.

Authorities are investigating the shooting, but say it appears to have been in self-defense.

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