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Neighbors on edge after homeowner shoots, kills break-in suspect

SAN ANTONIO – Neighbors call it a "scary" event for the 7-year-old boy who was found in the back seat of a car belonging to a home invasion suspect. Police said the man was shot dead by a homeowner as he tried to break in through a bedroom window.

Emily Myerly has lived on a street off of Aspen Farm for two years in a neighborhood outside of Kirby.

Myerly said she doesn't know the family in the home where the break-in happened, but said the fact that the intruder brought his young son along doesn't sit well with her. The boy was in the car when the homeowner fired shots.

"I feel pretty bad for the child. That's going to be something that scars him for life. It made me sick to hear that, might have even seen it happen," Myerly said.

Police said the homeowner, who is in her early 40s, was home alone when the man in his 30s tried to break in.

Myerly said she has heard gunshots in the area before, but a shooting like this was a first.

"We've been wanting to move from this side of town, but, you know, it's expensive to move," Myerly said.

Stephanie Zucha, who has lived in the area for seven years, said it is a good neighborhood that is peaceful and quiet. She said the break-in is unsettling.

"It's scary, because I have three kids. So that's like really scary someone breaking into someone's house,” Zucha said.

"They had a sign saying that they had guns in the house. I don't know if it was up when the guy went in there, but you think that would deter him, but apparently not," Myerly said.

The medical examiner will release the man’s name once his family is notified.

Police took the homeowner in for questioning. It's still too early to say whether she will face any charges.

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