A homeowner fatally shot one of two men who tried to rob him after responding to a Craigslist “for sale” ad, police in Colorado said.
One of the suspects escaped but the other was wounded by bullets as he tried to flee by stealing the homeowner's SUV, according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
The drama unfolded early Sunday when the two Hispanic men arrived at the house, in the southwestern suburbs of Denver, to see collectibles and household items advertised for sale online.
“At some point during the interaction, the males produced a gun, restrained the homeowner, and robbed him,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
The homeowner was able to free himself, and ran outside to find one of the suspects in the process of stealing his SUV. He fired several shots, and the stolen vehicle stopped in a neighbor’s yard, the statement said.
“The suspect received medical attention at the scene and was transported to St. Anthony’s Central Hospital where he died a short time later,” it said.
The other suspect — described in his 40s — escaped in a gold Mustang that police said may have bullet holes.
Neither the dead suspect, nor the homeowner, were identified.