STONE COUNTY, Ark. - A home invasion suspect has been shot dead by a homeowner.
The Stone County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) says it happened shortly after midnight Friday in the Round Mountain area.
A news release issued by the SCSO states that before the shooting happened, deputies had been called to investigate a report of an intoxicated person armed with a gun on Cedar Creek Rd. who was making threats over the phone to the homeowner. It was later learned that the intoxicated person was a Marshall resident.
A few minutes later, deputies headed to the scene were told that the homeowner, who was still on the phone with dispatchers, feared for his safety and the safety of his family and had fired shots at the intruder.
When deputies arrived moments later, they saw through the open door of the home, that a man was lying dead on the floor several feet inside and that what appeared to be a rifle, was lying next to him.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the deceased suspect had unlawfully entered the home and was confronted by the homeowner.
This investigation is ongoing by the Stone County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Lance Bonds has contacted the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division for assistance.
The identity of the suspect who was killed is not yet being released.
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