The man accused of breaking into the home was transported to a St. Louis hospital, where he was in critical condition.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department was called about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to a house in the 2300 block of State Street near East Carondelet, Capt. Steve Johnson said.
“We're still investigating,” Johnson said. “As it looks right now, a male subject broke into a residence … because his ex-girlfriend was in the residence.
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“When he broke in, a male subject who was in there tried to fight him off and then defended himself by using a semiautomatic pistol and shot the person who broke into the house two times. The person who lived there immediately called 911, came outside, unloaded the gun and waited for law enforcement and EMS to arrive,” Johnson said. Read more