Cleveland homeowner shoots, kills armed intruder in his garage

Robin Smith
Robin Smith

A Cleveland homeowner fatally shoots a 20-year-old intruder who had broken into his home overnight on the city's east side.

It happened around 1:15AM on East 103rd Street.

Police say the homeowner heard a noise in his attached garage and then heard his car alarm go off. After hearing the strange sounds, the homeowner armed himself with a gun and went to investigate. Once the homeowner was in his garage, he saw an intruder and opened fire. After firing at the suspect, the homeowner ran back into the house and called the cops.

Once on scene, officers found the suspect, identified as Robin Smith, lying in the driveway next to the damaged garage door wearing a shoulder holster with a handgun in it. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

After further investigation, a second suspect, 16-years-old, was located and placed under arrest.

The homeowner was not arrested; facts of this investigation are to be presented to the Prosecutor's Office for review.

The official cause of death will be determined by the Cuyahoga County Medical's Office.

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