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Officers responded to a “break-and-enter” call at 1570 Corkstone Glade around 12:30 a.m. Friday, and found a man dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside, police said.
Late in the day, police revealed the dead man -- Ibrahim Abukar, 22, of Toronto -- was one of the three home invaders.
“The deceased male was not a resident of the home and is alleged to have broken in with the two other males,” Const. Thomas Ruttan said.
It’s believed the homeowner, identified by neighbours as Mike Vrga, his wife and their children, a one-month-old and a 14-month-old, were inside when the home invaders broke in.
“They were confronted by the homeowner and a struggle ensued resulting in the death of the young male,” Ruttan said. There is no information connecting the deceased to the homeowner at this point, he added.
Vrga suffered minor injuries, but his wife and children were not hurt.
Two black men wearing dark clothing and armed with at least one gun were seen fleeing the house. Police searched the area in the pre-dawn hours but were unable to locate the pair.
Police are not yet able to say if the home invasion was random or targeted.
The homeowner, who appears to have been protecting his family, has not been charged.
Ruttan couldn’t say whether Vrga had his own firearm.
The investigation continues.