A 60-year-old homeowner shot an intruder who attempted to break through his kitchen window.
When St. Louis Police responded at 11 PM to the scene of the reported burglary, they found Patrick Evans, 43, pronounced dead, lying on the back porch with a gunshot wound.
Evans initially climbed to the kitchen window, making noise that prompted the 60-year-old man to retrieve his gun and fire at him.
The 60-year-old man was taken into custody but later released as police are undergoing a homicide investigation.
Looking at the shooting as self-defense, the homeowner recognized the situation and defended not just his home but, likely, more importantly, himself with respect to his age.
With the attempted burglary occurring late at night, the question remains if the suspect had been casing out the home or rather trying to commit the crime when the homeowner was thought to be asleep.
Either way, the man inside the home, fortunately, became aware and had a plan that was accessible to preserve his life and home.
With Missouri having a rather extensive law for self-defense, the homeowner will hopefully not face charges for defending his home and, most importantly, his livelihood.