A home intruder was shot and killed by a retired Los Angeles firefighter after attempting to enter the man's house Thursday morning in San Pedro, multiple sources confirmed.
Los Angeles police said they received a call around 7:15 a.m. regarding an attempted burglary near Carolina and 29th streets. The burglar was shot and killed inside the home, police said.
The intruder died at the scene.
The Los Angeles Police Department said the intruder tried to come in through the front door, claiming he lived there.
When the homeowner armed himself, the man broke in, and was fatally shot, police said.
"My heart goes out to him. Your home is your safe haven and when someone breaches that, you feel violated. I pray for him," said neighbor Nola Hall. "He did the right thing."
Police also say the intruder, who has not yet been identified, stole a red Hyundai on Kerkhoff Avenue located a block away and parked it in the firefighter's driveway before pounding on the door.
Police said the firefighter was within his legal rights to defend himself.
"You can have the weapon inside your home and obviously if someone is breaking in, you have the right to defend yourself," Rosario Cervantes of the LAPD said.
Police also say the intruder may have been mentally ill, but NBCLA was not able to independently confirm that.