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Attempted Car Theft Goes Sour When Armed Homeowner Steps In

CHILLUM, MD — Authorities are currently deciding whether one homeowner’s engagement with an attempted car thief that turned into a shooting was justified, WJLA reports.

The owner reportedly discovered the break-in while it was still going on, and all hell broke loose.

According to WJLA:

A bullet hole in a window serves as a reminder of the deadly encounter on Tuesday morning around 2:15 a.m., on Sligo Parkway. Police say a homeowner shot 32-year-old Deontae Parker, while Parker was breaking into his vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the homeowner’s driveway.

“Caller thinks that there’s more than one suspect. Advised that they were trying to steal her dad’s truck and then shots went off,” said a dispatcher during a 911 call. “He’s shot in the head.”

Parker was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. Neighbors say several children were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Officers found the wounded man shortly after the shooting, but there was nothing they could do to save him.

WJLA further reported that there were no less than eight people inside of the residence during the shooting, including children.

Witnesses have reportedly said that there have been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the area.

Crimes like these come in waves — especially in tightly-packed areas like apartment complexes. If you live in one, take great care to pay attention to criminal activity in your neighborhood, and be on the lookout accordingly.

Stay safe out there folks.

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