Police: Man shot in home invasion was a homeowner, the relative

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. – Police say that a burglar shot and killed by an elderly homeowner during a burglary attempt in Pennsylvania turned out to be a relative of the man.

Ellwood City police said the 49-year-old Dennis Mercadante, of Mercer, and another man broke into the house at about 1:20 p.m., Friday. Mercadante was shot after a struggle in the hallway with an 84-year-old Don Lutz. The other man fled.

Lt. David Kingston said Mercadante was identified through facial recognition and fingerprints, and he turned out to be a cousin-in-law of Lutz.

Kingston said that it was unlikely that any charges will be filed against the homeowner, whose right arm was injured. The police are still investigating and have not identified the second intruder.

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