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Posted: 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Jacksonville homeowner killed by intruder

JSO believes suspect now on the run

Jacksonville homeowner killed in apparent home invasion
Russell Colburn, Action News Jax
A homeowner was shot dead in what appears to be a home invasion at his Northside home early Wednesday.

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A homeowner was shot dead in what appears to be a home invasion at his northside home early Wednesday.  

By Robert Alonso

Jacksonville, FL —

A Jacksonville man is apparently shot and killed by someone trying to break into his home.

That's the word from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after officers responded to a home on V C Johnson Road just north of the Copper Hill area at 2:50 this morning.

Investigators are gathering evidence on the road and yard outside of the home as well as inside the home, which is north of Dunn Avenue and west of Interstate 295.

"It appears that someone was trying to break into a home at this location," said JSO Sergeant Paul. "There were shots fired at the residence. A person who does reside in the home was shot and killed."

The victim hasn't been identified at this time, but Paul did confirm that he's the homeowner and that his wife and daughter were in the home at the time.

Police believe the victim opened the front door to the suspect and was shot by the suspect after some sort of struggle. He died at the scene.

"They are being interviewed at this time by homicide detectives," Paul added. "We don't have a lot of information from witnesses other than the fact that we did hear that there was a commotion at the front door."

It's unclear at this point if the suspect meant to target the home or someone inside specifically or if this was random, according to Paul.

It's also unclear if the suspect got any further than the front door, how the suspect fled and if there's more than one person involved, per Paul.

The sergeant also noted that someone in the home called 911 and that it looks like the homeowner wasn't armed with a gun at the time.

JSO's Crime Scene Investigators plan to be on site for several hours.

There is no suspect description at this early hour, but JSO is asking anyone with information to call them at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly qualify for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).

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