L.I Resident Shoots at Trio of Burglars, Killing 1

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:23 PM EDT
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Burglar Shot, Killed Inside L.I. Home

The three men were armed with a rifle when they broke into the East Islip home, police said.

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A Long Island man shot two burglars, killing one of them, after they broke into his East Islip home,  police said Wednesday.

Three men, one armed with a .22 caliber rifle, forcibly entered the house just after midnight, police said.   One of the men shot the resident's pit bull dog, police said.

That's when the resident, armed with a shotgun, opened fire on the burglars.  One suspect, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The second suspect, 25-year-old Justin Benkov of Mastic, is in critical condition.  The third suspect fled and was caught a short time later.  Philipe Robinette, of Aquebogue, was charged with burglary and will be arraigned tomorrow.  It is unclear if he has a lawyer.

The dog is expected to survive.

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