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Three dead after overnight home invasions in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people are dead after two overnight home invasions in Metro Louisville.

The home invasions happened in the same neighborhood and within an hour of each other. Police do not believe they are connected, but three people are dead and homicide detectives are looking for suspects in at least one case.

The first home invasion happened at about 1 a.m. Friday on Gerald Avenue in Pleasure Ridge Park.

"When officers arrived at that home, they located two white males inside the home that were deceased from some type of trauma," said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Then, not even two hours later, Metro Police responded to another fatal shooting in the same area.

"About 2:30 in the morning, Louisville 3rd division officers responded to a shooting in the 100 Block of Esplanade Avenue," said Mitchell.

Police say it was another home invasion.

"When officers arrived, they located a white male that had been shot...apparently by the homeowner," Mitchell said.

Police say the man was a suspect in the home invasion.

"As a result of that shooting, the suspect received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene," Mitchell said.

Meanwhile, as night turns to day, police have a better understanding of what happened in both cases.

"We haven't been able to determine anymore about the motive or whether or not anything was taken from that house," said LMPD Lt. Todd Kessinger.

Kessinger with LMPD Homicide says the victims in the first case were father and son -- and the suspect is still on the loose.

"We are starting to get information on that case, but nothing that we can release of the suspect or suspect information at this point," Kessinger said.

Kessinger says in the second case, the homeowner was protecting his family.

"It appears to be justifiable homicide," he said. "You have a person that is trying to break into somebody's house, at which time the homeowner was well within his rights to defend himself."

It has been a record year for metro Louisville and homicides. The violence was even addressed by the mayor during a press conference to talk about reorganization.

"Reducing violent crime is something we will always work to do as a city government, a police force and the overall community as well," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

"The increase in crime that we are seeing and what cities all over the country are seeing -- in terms of homicide and violent crime rates in certain neighborhoods -- is obviously unacceptable," he added.

The mayor says there will be more updates soon on additional steps taken to keep the city safe.

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