Homeowner shoots and kills intruder during attempted home invasion

PALOS PARK, Ill. -- A south suburban homeowner shot and killed an intruder who had broken into his home. The incident happened in Palos Park -- now, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Department says the homeowner is a legal gun owner. He killed one man, and shot and wounded another when they attempted to break into his house in a quiet upscale neighborhood.

An anonymous neighbor who asked not to be identified said she heard gunshots last night at the home across the street, where there’s a sign posted, “Private property, no trespassing.”

“It was about 10:30 p.m. when we heard some popping sounds, and at that time we thought it was like firecrackers or whatever, it didn’t seem very close to us, then we heard like a getaway car coming at a high speed from our neighbor’s driveway,” the neighbor said.

That car drove off, but not before the man who owned the home near the corner of 118th and Will-Cook road shot and killed a suspect, then shot and wounded another invader.

The injured man turned up at the nearby Palos Community Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

The other home invasion suspects were arrested after a chase that ended on Interstate 80 and Kedzie Avenue in Markham, Illinois.

Palos Park police initially responded, but the investigation is now being handled by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. They say the homeowner holds a valid conceal carry license, and at least one neighbor says he’s considering buying a gun to protect his home.

The case remains under investigation.