Man Kills Intruder in ‘Physical Confrontation’ During Home Invasion, Chicago Police Say

A 51-year-old man was killed Wednesday after being confronted by a man inside the home he was breaking into on Chicago's West Side, according to police. 

About 10:10 p.m., the man broke into a home in the 5000 block of West Chicago Avenue in the Austin neighborhood through a rear back window, police said.

Authorities said a physical confrontation then ensued between the intruder and a 39-year-old man inside. The person police said was the homeowner was bitten on the arm, scratched and tased during the fight, according to police. 

The intruder received unknown injuries during the fight and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His cause of death is unknown and under investigation by Area North detectives.

The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the man as Derek Carson, of the 1000 block of North Lawler Avenue. 

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.

A man who said he lives at the apartment said that the man who was inside and fought the intruder was his brother, who was released from the hospital Thursday morning. 

The man who lives there said his brother was staying at the apartment overnight while he himself was out. He added that he did not know Carson, whose address was listed as two blocks away from his, but that it was not the first time someone had broken into his place. 

There are currently no charges against the man who was inside the apartment, and the incident remains under investigation. 

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