Deadly Encounter Inside Northeast Philly Home Leads to Drug Investigation

A would-be robber was shot and killed as he entered a home in Northeast Philadelphia late Monday night.

Investigators believe what was inside the home may have been a motive in the attempted robbery.

At about 11:30 p.m., an armed 35-year-old man approached the home in the 6100 block of Reach Street in the city’s Lawncrest section.

The suspect confronted a man who was leaving the home, forced him back in the house and announced a robbery.

Investigators say the homeowner pulled out a gun and fired two shots at the suspect, striking him in the neck and chest. The unidentified suspect was pronounced dead a short time later.

As police were investigating inside the home, officers found drugs, hundreds of dollars and apparent drug-packaging material.

"It’s a very good possibility that this home invasion robbery, the motive was to steal this narcotics-related money," Chief Inspector Scott Small explained.

So far, no charges have been filed.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.

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