A Detroit homeowner and father of four children fatally shot an alleged intruder on Monday after he saw the suspect strangling his dog in the backyard.
A neighbor, who acted as a translator for the homeowner during his interview with police, explained the situation to MyFoxDetroit.
“He woke up to use the bathroom and he heard some rattling in the back,” said Hilal Alkateeb. “When he looked out back he saw the guy trying to choke out the dog when the guy made eye contact with him he approached the window when he approached the window he shot him.”
The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alkateeb said the homeowner, a “real nice guy,” did what he had to do to protect his family.
“He broke into their property,” Alkatteeb said. “Anyone in their right mind would defend their house their property, their family, their kids.”
Authorities are still investigating the shooting to determine if the use of deadly force was justified. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department had a message for the public.
“There is a push to protect property,” said Deputy Chief Renee Hall. “However in order to protect property and use deadly force there has to be an imminent threat to the safety of a life whether yours, a family member or someone else.”