Homeowner Whose Brother Killed Intruder During Break-In: ‘He's Real Traumatized'

The homeowner's 39-year-old brother had been spending the night at the apartment when a man broke into the home, Brown said

A homeowner whose brother killed an intruder who broke into his home on Chicago's West Side said his sibling is "real traumatized" by the incident. 

"But he's grateful to be alive," Marcellus Brown told NBC 5 hours after his brother fought off the intruder, ultimately killing the man who police say broke into his home in the Austin neighborhood.  

The 51-year-old suspect was killed Wednesday after being confronted by Brown's brother just after 10 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Chicago Avenue, police said. The alleged intruder, Derek Carson, is believed to have entered through a rear back window, police said.

Brown's 39-year-old brother had been spending the night at the apartment when Carson entered, Brown said. 

Authorities said a physical confrontation then ensued between Carson and the man inside. Police said Brown's brother was bitten on the arm, scratched and tased during the fight. 

"It was scary," Brown said. "I was scared. I wish I was here." 

The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the man as Carson, of the 1000 block of North Lawler Avenue. 

His cause of death was not immediately released.

The man in the home was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park for treatment for injuries he received during the fight, police said. Brown said his brother was released from the hospital Thursday morning. 

"He said he was just fighting," Brown said. "Just fighting." 

Brown said he didn't know Carson, but a handprint on a back window could be from the alleged intruder. 

"That handprint against my handprint - that guy was big," Brown said, adding that he knows the situation could have ended much differently. 

There are currently no charges against the man who was inside the apartment, but the incident remained under investigation by Area North detectives.

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