Man Likely Justified in Shooting Intruder: DA

One man is dead following a shooting at an apartment complex in Montgomery County.

A gunman entered a one-bedroom unit in the Lynnewood Gardens apartments on the 7000 block of Massey Way in Elkins Park, Pa. around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, according to Cheltenham Township Police.

Police say 20-year-old resident of the apartment opened fire on the alleged burglar, striking him once. The resident then dialed 911, police said.

The alleged burglar, later identified as Jasper Brisbon, was shot in the torso and rushed to Abington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly afterward.

Police say the gunman used a .223 caliber rifle, which is similar to an AR-15.

Police said Monday that the resident was cooperating with investigators. On Wednesday, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said that the shooting appeared to be justified although she wasn't ready to declare it officially yet since the investigation is ongoing, according to

“You have a man who defended himself inside his home, as the law would generally permit, and exercised extreme restraint by firing only one shot in shooting someone who was unlawfully in his home,” Ferman told the Philly Burbs.

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