Homeowner Shoots 2 Intruders in Six Weeks

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CLEVELAND – A 'no trespassing' sign is posted on the green duplex on Cleveland's east side where a homeowner shot an intruder breaking in Monday morning, police said.

The man shot the intruder in the face and arm as he was kicking in the door, police said. The intruder is expected to survive -- this time.

This is the same Portage Ave. home where the same person shot and killed another intruder a few weeks ago, police said.

"It's weird that it happened twice, but it happens, you know," neighbor Luis Coples said.

The first time the homeowner shot an intruder was on November 21.

In November, Cleveland police said David Fletcher, 43, who has a history of committing burglaries, kicked in the back door and was trying to kick in another door when the homeowner, who was sleeping on the couch, awoke and shot Fletcher, who died.

No charges were filed against the homeowner, who we are not identifying because he is not accused of any crime.

Neighbors said the homeowner does not live at the Portage Ave. duplex and it has been sitting vacant and getting burglarized.

"They are breaking into his house. He's got a right to defend his stuff," Aaron Reynolds said.

"He's trying to make it right for his house, he's fixing it and they're taking his stuff," Coples said.

"It happens everywhere. There are break-ins everywhere so this is nothing new," Sabria Robinson said.

According to police, on Monday morning the intruder broke in while the owner was inside and tried to hit the owner with a lamp.

The owner shot the man, and then called police.

The case has been turned over to the prosecutor's office for review.

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