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Authorities identify man shot to death during alleged home invasion on Manslick Road

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Joseph Krueger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Joseph Krueger (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Authorities have identified a man police say was fatally shot in south Louisville Thursday morning as he tried to break into a home.

Deputy Coroner Rita Taylor of the Jefferson County Coroner's Office says the man who died was 43-year-old Joseph Michael Krueger. He was pronounced dead at the scene just before 4 a.m. of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Louisville Metro Police were called to the home on Manslick Road, near Iroquois Park, just before 4 a.m. on the report of a shooting.

LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell says when officers arrived they found a white male dead outside the home. Mitchell has confirmed that the man -- now identified as Krueger -- was in the process of breaking into the home when he was shot. 

Mitchell says the investigation is continuing, but it appears the homeowner shot the intruder to protect his family. 

"Ultimately, we are still in the very early stages to determine what happened here, but it's unfortunate to have someone lose their life, " said Mitchell on Thursday.  "And it's unfortunate that a homeowner has to take action as they see fit."

"I’ve been here 23 years and we’ve never had anything like this before," described Tom Vessels, who lives across the street from the scene. "They’re real nice people. They’ve never caused any trouble."

A criminal defense attorney for nearly three decades, Bill Butler says if the LMPD investigation ultimately determines the person was trying to break in, it’s unlikely the homeowner will be charged.

"The person has to be attempting entry or has to have made entry into the home," said Butler. "If they're just standing on the lawn, thinking about breaking in, the homeowner has no right whatsoever to shoot him."

LMPD is also investigating an apparent self-defense shooting that happened Tuesday night in downtown Louisville.

Police say a woman pulled a gun from her purse and shot and injured a man who appeared to have a weapon and tried to rob her.

Based on the circumstances, Butler says that shooting appears to be justified, as well.

Both incidents remain under investigation by LMPD.

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