In a case of mistaken identity, police officers in Aurora, Colorado, fatally shot a homeowner just moments after he shot and killed an intruder.
The officers were responding to a call on Monday from a woman who said someone was breaking into her house, USA Today reports. When they arrived at the home, it was a "very chaotic and violent scene," and the officers heard gunshots. Almost immediately, they encountered an armed man. An officer shot him, and he was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
It was quickly determined the armed man lived in the house, and had just shot and killed the intruder. "This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved," Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said in a statement. "We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very difficult time." Catherine Garcia