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Pleasant Grove man shoots and kills alleged home intruder

Published May 3, 2015 3:18 pm
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A Pleasant Grove man shot and killed a man who allegedly was trying to break into his home Sunday.

Police identified the deceased as Christian Chichia, 24, who lived in the same neighborhood as the homeowner. Investigators have not been able to determine what Chichia's intentions or motive were, said Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Britt Smith.

About 5:40 a.m. Sunday, Chichia was pounding on the front door of the house, near 1700 W. 60 South, which woke up the homeowner and his wife, according to the preliminary investigation, Smith said. The homeowner retrieved a handgun and went to the front door, only to find that Chichia had moved up to his second-story balcony.

The homeowner went to the balcony door and cracked it open to find out what Chichia wanted and Chichia allegedly tried to force his way into the home, Smith said.

The homeowner fired once, striking Chichia in the chest. He was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he later died.

The case will be screened by the Utah County Attorney's Office to determine whether criminal charges should be filed, Smith said.

Chichia had been living in the neighborhood only a short time, and police do not believe he and the homeowner knew each other, Smith added.


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