A homeowner grabbed his shotgun and fatally shot a man who burst into the family's garage while in the midst of a crime spree, Kansas City police say.
The dead man was a suspect in multiple car burglaries and a carjacking. He even broke into one home and stole a vehicle that he rammed through the garage door, police said.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A Northland homeowner grabbed his shotgun and fatally shot a man who burst into the family's garage while in the midst of a crime spree, Kansas City police say.
Police identified the man as 30-year-old Christopher Robinson, of Kansas City, KS.
Robinson was a suspect in multiple car burglaries and a carjacking. He even broke into one home and stole a vehicle that he rammed through the garage door, police said.
The criminal's spree ended when a man, his wife and their baby woke up when they heard the burglar kicking in a garage door as he attempted to steal the family vehicle. Police said the homeowner grabbed his shotgun. The homeowner headed downstairs and confronted Robinson, whom police found dead inside the garage.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were actively searching for Robinson as a result of the crime spree, which began just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The first car was stolen about 4:45 a.m. near Englewood Avenue and North Antioch Road. The entire spree lasted about an hour and ended near the 9100 block of North Garfield Avenue with the gunfire.
After wrecking the first vehicle, Robinson broke into a home near Northeast 75th Street and North Euclid Avenue and stole another vehicle, which he drove through the garage door, police said.
Police were able to locate the second stolen vehicle and began to chase the suspect but lost track of him.
Authorities later located him driving a third stolen vehicle and chased him into another Northland neighborhood near Northeast 91st Terrace and North Brooklyn Avenue.
He got one of the vehicles by robbing a pickup driver at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot near 72nd Street and Northeast Antioch Road. That mangled vehicle was found with the engine still running in a Northland neighborhood.
With police in pursuit, Robinson abandoned the third stolen vehicle, and confronted Vince Frew in his driveway as Frew was loading items he needed for his day into his work van.
Robinson then attempted to steal his vehicle. Frew said the intruder wanted his keys but he didn't have them. The two struggled momentarily.
"He approached me, and I just kind of shoved him off of me," he said. "He found something in my car and threw it at me."
As Robinson ran down the street, Frew called police.
"After I got done with my 911 call, I came back outside, and probably within the next three to five minutes, I heard a gunshot come from down the street and then a second one right after that," Frew said.
Investigators said Robinson then broke into a house three doors down where the family was sleeping. As the homeowner took his weapon downstairs, his wife and 18-month-old child hid inside the residence.
"It's my understanding (that) he believed the suspect was armed," said Capt. Tye Grant, of the Kansas City Police Department.
The homeowner declined to speak publicly.
Neighbors say there had been some break-ins recently, and they were in the process of forming a neighborhood watch but had not done so. As a result of Wednesday's trauma, shaken neighbors said that they are definitely beefing up security in their neighborhood.
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