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October 26, 2021

Man fatally shot during attempt to confront ex-girlfriend in Northeast Philly, police say

The homeowner opened fire after his door was broken from its hinges, according to investigators

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Northeast Philly Shooting Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Police responded to the 1800 block of Sanger Street in Northeast Philadelphia on Monday night, where a 34-year-old man was killed after breaking down a door in an attempt to find his ex-girlfriend.

A Northeast Philadelphia homeowner shot and killed a man who broke down the home's door in an attempt to reach his former girlfriend, police said. 

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m. Monday on the 1800 block of Sanger Street, where police found a 34-year-old man who had been shot multiple times in the chest. The man was found outside the home.

According to investigators, the man went to the home to find his ex-girlfriend and became agitated when he couldn't get into the residence. The man kicked at the wooden door repeatedly and shouted for several minutes before the door broke from its hinges, police said

The homeowner fired multiple gunshots that struck and killed the man, police said. The homeowner had a license to carry his weapon and was not arrested Monday night.

The man who was killed was not armed, police said. His ex-girlfriend was not at the property at the time of the shooting, but arrived a short time later.

An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.