A suspected burglar is shot to death while breaking into a home

A suspected burglar is shot to death while breaking into a home
An early morning home break-in in South Coos County ended with the death of the suspected burglar.

At about 5:30 Thursday morning, Coos County deputies received a call from a female resident at a home on Shinglehouse Slough Road.

The woman told police a man had forced his way into their house.

According to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier, the intruder was identified as Allen Wayne Saunders.

Saunders reportedly approached the front door of the home, broke the stain glass with a rock and continued into the home.

Wile breaking in, he says, a man at the residence fired off two warning shots with his .22 caliber rifle.

But Saunders continued to enter, so the man shot him in the chest, and Sanders died from his wound.

While Frasier says it may take weeks to make a final decision on the case, as of now it appears to have been justified.

"'Til I get the autopsy's report and the toxicology, it can be anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks," says Frasier, so I don't anticipate making a final decision on that until I have all that paper work. But, at this point it appears that this was a justifiable use of force by the homeowner."

Frasier says, there's no relationship between the residents and the intruder.

KCBY will keep you updated on this case as more information comes in.