A suspect is dead after Jefferson County authorities say a homeowner shot him during an overnight burglary. Responding sheriff's deputies found a 79-year-old homeowner sitting on his front porch at a home in the 2400 block of Ormand Drive around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. Preliminary investigation indicates that the homeowner woke up when he heard a noise coming from his basement after two suspects entered his home through a window, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's office. The suspects went upstairs where one of them told the man, who was still in bed, not to move.
The homeowner then grabbed a gun that he kept by his bed and shot at the suspects. One suspect fled the house as the homeowner chased him. The fleeing suspect shot the homeowner in the leg as he was running across the yard.
He left the scene in a waiting car. Deputies found the second suspect dead at the scene. The homeowner was transported to the hospital but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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