One burglar was killed and another injured after they kicked in the door of a marine veteran and began a lengthy scuffle with him.
From The Salt Lake Tribune:
Police have identified a man who was shot and killed early Thursday after kicking in the door of a Salt Lake City apartment.
Puleaga Danny Tupu, 33, of West Valley City, died in the living room of the apartment at 731 S. 300 East, police said Friday.
Tupu has a long history of mostly misdemeanor convictions for petty crimes dating back to 2002, according to a search of Utah court records.
Tupu was one of two men — dressed in black, with hoods — who rushed into the apartment at about 3 a.m.
The second man who entered the apartment also was shot, and apparently made it outside to the apartment building's lawn before collapsing. He was initially listed as critical condition, but later upgraded to serious condition.
Brian Sant, who lives at the apartment, told The Tribune that after working a late shift, he was still awake in the living room at about 3 a.m. Thursday, while his brother and 29-year-old son had long since gone to bed.
There were suddenly loud bangs on his third-story door, he said, like someone trying to kick it in.
"I jumped up and yelled, 'What the hell?' " said Sant, who has lived at the Park Place at City Centre Apartments for about three years.
The door gave way, he said, and two men entered, one holding a two-foot-long metal pipe.
A Marine veteran, Sant said he began scuffling with the men in the living room.
That's when Sant's son heard the commotion, emerged from a bedroom with a handgun — and started firing.
Sant said he and his two family members were not hurt during the episode.
He said he didn't know the men, or why they picked his apartment to invade. But he said they picked the wrong place.
"You got veterans living around in these apartments," Sant said. "You don't know who's got a gun."
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