PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 19-year-old was shot and killed while breaking into a Vancouver home Thursday night, authorities said.
Vancouver PD responded to what they believe was a burglary around 10:20 p.m. in the River View Neighborhood along Southeast Beach Drive. Police said the suspect kicked in a back door and was inside the home when they were confronted by the homeowner, who had a gun.
The burglar charged the homeowner, who fired and shot the suspect. The suspect ran outside and collapsed. When authorities arrived the suspect was already dead.
The homeowner and his family were not injured.
On Wednesday, the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the suspect as 19-year-old Franson J. Take of Vancouver. Officials said Take died of a gunshot wound to the torso.
One woman who lives in the neighborhood said she’s sorry for the tragedy that someone died “for trinkets or whatever. It wasn’t worth it. But I totally support the homeowner’s desire to protect themselves.”
Mike Murphy, who lives nearby, said it seems people are more desperate and brazen these days.
“Homeowners have a right to protect themselves. You can’t just expect to break into somebody’s home and there’s not going to be repercussions to their actions.”
Murphy said it’s a nice, quiet area. “You just don’t think there would be those kind of people down here up to no good.”
The Major Crimes Unit responded and is continuing to investigate this deadly home invasion.