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Suspect killed in home invasion

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An armed robber was fatally shot after barging into the home of a Ville Platte woman on Sunday, says Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue.

According to Chief Lartigue, they were responding to the call of a possible home invasion around 1:45 a.m. and upon arrival found the fatally wounded suspect.

Lartigue says there may be more suspects to come.

The 25-year-old woman says her friend was over her house on the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Dr. to visit.

She says sometime between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., her friend went outside to retrieve cigarettes from her car and following her back into the house, a short time later, was an armed robber.

"She walked back in the house and like probably three to five minutes after she walked back in the house, here come this dude running in my house with like something wrapped around his face," says the homeowner.

The pregnant homeowner says she was also with her four children and her 29-year-old boyfriend, who was cleaning the bathroom, when the suspect came running though her front door, brandishing a gun and demanding money.

"He was coming out of the bathroom. So, he put a gun to his [the homeowner's boyfriend's] head and after that he was tussling for the gun, tussling for the gun and after that all I heard was gun shots. So, I hurry up and ran. I got my children and took them out of the house," says the homeowner.

The homeowner says once everyone in the house was sure the suspect was dead, her friend began rummaging through his [the alleged armed robber's] pockets.

"I say ‘what you going into his pockets for?' I said ‘get on the phone and call the ambulance.' [My friend was saying] ‘uh, I got this, I got this.'" I said ‘just get on the phone and call the ambulance,'" says the homeowner.

Now the homeowner, who is choosing to not give out her name, says she fears retaliation following the fatal shooting of the suspect in her home.

"I'm scared, because they got rumors that the boy's [alleged armed robber's] brothers are trying to come after us. People have been calling me, saying that they been calling with all kind of threats," says the homeowner.

Lartigue says all witnesses were brought in for routine questioning.

He says they don't suspect any foul play in regards to the shooting of the suspect. But, they don't want to completely rule it out, because there is an ongoing investigation into this case.

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