A Pennsylvania homeowner was fatally shot by several law enforcement officers who mistook him for the individual who burglarized his home. At the time of the shooting, the man’s wife and his mother were in the house. The burglar managed to escape but was later apprehended by the police.
A freak event which occurred on Sunday, at approximately 4 am, claimed the life of 57-year-old Christopher Thompkins. The events leading to the man being pronounced dead at the scene began earlier that morning, while Thompkins and his wife were fast asleep.
At one point, the man woke up to a strange noise that seemed to come from downstairs. According to the authorities, Brenda Thompkins, Cristopher’s wife, had a gun permit and a firearm concealed in her purse.
When her husband heard the strange noise from downstairs, he immediately took the woman’s gun and firearm permit from her purse and rushed down the stairs in order to investigate the noise and to protect his mother who was sleeping on the couch.
While the man descended from the bedroom in order to investigate the strange noises, his wife immediately notified the authorities. According to Thompkins’s widow, a burglar broke into their home, and the man was searching for him in pitch dark.
Several minutes later, several law enforcement officers arrived in order to apprehend the individual who burglarized the Thompkins’s house. Unfortunately, the thief had already flown the coop before the law enforcement officers arrived.
While searching for the thief, the Pennsylvania homeowner mistook the police officers who came to render assistance for the burglar and opened fire. Believing that the thief was firing at them, the officers decided to fight back.
The firefight only lasted a few seconds, and the aftermath is truly tragic. Christopher Thompkins, the man who sought to protect his home and his loved ones from the aggressor, lay dead on the floor, and the burglar was nowhere to be found.
According to the police officials, the individual was later identified, arrested, and charged with trespassing.
As for the officers who responded to the 911 call, the Allegheny County Attorney’s District ruled that they should be placed on administrative leave, pending an official investigation.
The individual who entered Thompkins’s house is 23-year-old Juan Clark. The authorities have no released any information regarding Clark’s background or about what he wanted to steal from the man’s house.
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