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Tacoma homeowner shoots burglar during home invasion

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The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a homeowner shot and killed a burglar during a break-in early Saturday morning in Tacoma.

According to Detective Ed Troyer, the homeowner heard someone breaking into house around 3:30 a.m. and quickly grabbed a gun. The homeowner then confronted the burglar and the two got into a fight. During the fight the homeowner shot the burglar once, killing him instantly.

A neighbor heard the shooting and called law enforcement. Deputies say the homeowner has been cooperating with their investigation.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner has identified the burglary suspect as 28-year-old Viktor Starovevrov, of Tacoma.

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