04/01/2013 02:00 pm ET

Lee Heng Kills Home Intruder In Philadelphia On Easter

A 63-year-old father shot and killed one of the two intruders who broke into his Philadelphia home early Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

Lee Heng, the father of two, said he fought with the burglars who apparently scaled the home and climbed through a bathroom window on the second floor, Fox Philly reported.

In the struggle early on Easter, Heng fired his gun several times, WPVI reported. The crooks fled through the window, but police found one of them near death on the roof, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"You don't have time to think," Heng said, according to NBC News. "They came like lightning."

Medics later pronounced the man dead.

The second suspect escaped and is described as a man in his thirties with medium build.

Screams from Heng's 14-year-old son awakened him around 1 a.m. Aside from a minor cut on his lip, Heng was unhurt.

He told NBC that he recognized the men from his neighborhood and believed they broke in to possibly rob the jewelry store he runs from his home's ground floor.

It's unlikely Heng will be charged, news outlets reported, because he's allowed to use a gun inside his home under Pennsylvania's Castle Doctrine.



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