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Homeowner stabs suspected burglar to death

A suspected burglar was killed after he was stabbed by a homeowner in West Pullman.

Police say the burglar came Mark Hayes him with a hammer.

But the homeowner, an ex-Marine, fought back with a fishing knife and stabbed him.

The burglar escaped in a car that took him to the hospital where he died.

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A homeowner who killed a burglar will not face any criminal charges.

It happened in the West Pullman neighborhood Thursday morning.

Mark Hayes heard the alarm in his garage going off, so he went to check it out.  That’s when he was confronted by another man, identified as 52-year-old Harold Cornell.

Cornell tried to attack Hayes with a hammer but Hayes fought back and stabbed him with a fishing knife.

Cornell fled the scene and made it to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

A West Pullman man stabbed a suspected burglar early this morning when he caught the intruder in his garage.  The burglar later died at a hospital.

44-year-old Mark Hayes woke up about 3:15 a.m. when the alarm in his garage went off.  When he went to check it out, he found himself face to face with a  burglar in his garage.

The burglar then attacked him with a hammer.

Hayes said he had no choice but to defend himself.  During the fight with the burglar, Hayes stabbed the man with a 7 inch fishing knife.

The wounded burglar ran away, leaving a trail of blood.  He made it to his car about a block and half away, and drove himself to a nearby hospital, where the he later died.

“Everything that happened today was a tragedy,” Hayes said.   “Somebody’s father, somebody’s son passed.  All I was doing was protecting my house and protecting myself.”

Hayes’s wife and two step children were home at the time.

Hayes’s father Melvin says his son is an ex-marine who has lived in the neighborhood for about 10 years.   He says he son feared for his life.

“He’s an ex-marine.  He knows how to operate under fire so to speak,” Melvin said.

Neighbors describe the neighborhood as safe, but Hayes says there have been problems lately.  It is one reason why Hayes’s  father says an alarm system was installed in the garage.

A suspected burglar was killed, after he was stabbed by a homeowner in West Pullman.

This happened near State and Brayton early Thursday morning.

A homeowner went to his garage after hearing an alarm.

“He went into the garage and confronted the guy,” said the homeowner’s father Melvin Hayes.  “The guy says, ‘get the gun,’ like there was another person there.  At this point in time, he’s not sure if someone else is there or not.  They came face to face and that’s when he stabbed him.

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Photo Courtesy: WGN reporter Nancy Loo

Police say the burglar came at him with a hammer.

But the homeowner, ex-Marine Mark Hayes, fought back with a fishing knife and stabbed him.

The burglar escaped in a car that took him to the hospital where he died.

His name has not been released.

Hayes suffered only minor injuries.

A police source tells WGN Hayes likely will not face criminal charges.

The identity of the man killed has not been released.

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