Lewis & Clark County

May 22, 2013 11:44 PM by Melissa Anderson (melissa@kxlh.com)

Burglary suspect killed by homeowner may be linked to other crimes

A homeowner in the East Helena Valley shot and killed an intruder on Wednesday afternoon.

Neither the name of the homeowner or the identity of the deceased is being released at this time.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's investigators say the alleged burglar may have hit two more homes in the area before he was killed.

At around 2:40 in the afternoon, a 911 call came in from the homeowner at 4276 Canyon Ferry Road. He said he had just shot an intruder who was trying to burglarize his home.

After shooting him once in the chest, the homeowner said the intruder broke through a window to get out of the home.

He then drove his getaway car into a chain link fence where he died of his injuries.

"The homeowner is not injured,and it's unknown as to whether or not the intruder had a firearm or any type of weapon on his person at the time of the confrontation," said Captain Jason Grimmis of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Shortly after authorities got that call, they received other calls of burglaries in the area; two of the homes were just north of this incident on Emerald Ridge Loop.

Detectives found pillowcases that may tie the scenes together.

"The suspect that was at the original Canyon Ferry Road had several or from my understanding a couple of pillowcases that had been taken from other homes," said Sheriff's Detective Will Kussman.

Kussman said these homes were missing pillowcases from the beds that were apparently used to place stolen items in.

There were other similarities on the way the homes were entered.

"It looks as if somebody tried to kick the front door in at the Emerald Ridge Loop just up the street from here, there is a shoeprint at the base of the door at this house," said Sgt. Kussman.

The vehicle used in the crime was removed and impounded.

The Montana Highway Patrol processed the crime scene using it's Total Station software to recreate and map inside the home as the investigation continues.

Authorities say they don't know if there were any accomplices involved in the break-ins.

The car the suspect used in this incident was apparently not registered to the intruder.

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