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Homeowner fatally shoots burglar after attempted home invasion, deputies say

The fatal shooting took place on Ellie Road

Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image.
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. (KPRC/File)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A homeowner shot and killed a burglary suspect who tried to break into a Polk County home, sheriff’s officials said.

According to investigators, the fatal shooting took place on Ellie Road in the Auburndale area.

Deputies said the homeowner shot Joshua Mathieu, 34, who was reportedly breaking into the home.

Mathieu was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

Mathieu has a criminal history dating back to 2010, authorities said.

Sheriff Grady Judd provided additional updates Saturday morning.

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