Man kills suspected burglar in South Philly home

Kristen Johanson
September 26, 2019 - 9:39 am
At this house in the 2200 block of Darien Street, Police say a 22-year-old man shot and killed an intruder Wednesday night.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For the second time this week in Philadelphia, a suspected home-invasion robber was shot dead. The latest case happened Wednesday night in South Philly.

A 22-year-old man was inside his home on Darien Street, near Ninth and Jackson streets, waiting for someone to come by when the doorbell rang.

He went to open the door and came face-to-face with two masked men, who bombarded the home.

"They were both armed with firearms," said Homicide Capt. Jason Smith. A struggle ensued and several shots were fired during that struggle. The suspect, 27-year-old James Jones, was fatally shot in the stomach.

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The second masked man got away, and authorities are still looking for him.

Police believe the home was targeted and they said they found about $5,000 worth of marijuana and related gummies.

"It wasn’t an extremely large quantity," said Smith. "I believe 265 grams would have put it underneath a pound of marijuana."

The homeowner, who suffered a graze wound, will likely not face charges in the shooting, but could face drug offenses.

"Just like the previous home invasion on Walker Street that was also determined to be narcotics related, we feel this is also narcotics related," he said.  

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KYW Newsradio's Mike DeNardo contributed to this report.