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Bucks County Cop Shoots, Kills Intruder at Andorra Home, Police Say

Warminster Police Officer shoots one of two intruders on 8700 block of Sagamore Road.

Editor's Note: The article has been updated with new police information.

An off-duty, Buck County police officer shot and killed one person who attempted to rob his Andorra home, while another alleged burglar stole his car, Philadelphia Police said.

Police confirmed that an unidentified Warminster Police Department officer shot and killed Edward Mehlberger, 39, who entered his home on the 8700 block of Sagamore Road at 3:50 a.m. Monday.

Police spokesperson Officer Tanya Little said the officer and his wife were asleep when he was awoken by a commotion near his vehicle early Monday morning. He went outside and saw Tim Zgrzepski, 29, man near his 2001 Honda Odyssey and got into a confrontation with him.

The officer returned indoors to retrieve his weapon and found Mehlberger in his house. Little said he shot and killed the man. The other man fled in the officer's vehicle.

Police said Zgrzepski, from the 2600 block of Kengsington Ave., abandoned the vehicle at Old Line and Manatawna Roads in Andorra. Later, police apprehended him in Springfield Township. Office Jillian Russell said his charges were not immediately available.

Officials arrived at the Sagamore Road home near 4 a.m., and pronounced the Mehlberger, from 3100 N. Custer St., dead at 4:12 a.m., Little said.

Neither the officer nor his wife were injured in the incident, police said. Little said no charges will be filed against the officer as he was protecting his home.

Police declined to release the name of the Warminster officer as he was a victim, Little said.

Warminster Police declined commenting on the incident, according to a report

sunflower July 27, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Roxborough man, you keep saying he could have hurt his family or other people but you are forgetting the fact that he didnt. He shot aimed and fired and got nobody else but the culprit. Everything you described that can happen didnt happen in this situation. So what does that tell you? It would tell me that you're wrong. Two theives at my house not knowing what the hell they wanted and knowing full well the family was home seems like they were going there to cause some terror. Im sorry roxborough man, but you're wrong on this one.
sunflower July 27, 2012 at 09:11 AM
I just want to clarify that he* means the cop. I should have been more specific.
PhillyTex July 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
The homeowner didn't shoot the guy who was breaking into his car. He shot the guy who was unlawfully inside his house. Big difference. I have not seen anything mentioned in any news source that indicates the home invader went into the house as a result of the confrontation, and quite frankly it wouldn't matter if he did. Once you cross the threshold and enter into someone else's private residence unlawfully, you have surrendered your right to live. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I didn't have the common sense and fortitude to use deadly force to defend my family from an intruder, rather than simply calling the police and waiting to see how things pan out. Out on the street, or even in the yard or driveway, it's a different ballgame. Usually confrontation wouldn't be my first choice.
Moe July 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
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Debbie Thomas July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I'm glad the scumbag got shot. Anyone who breaks into a house and tries to steals the possessions that someone has worked hard for, deserves to be shot.

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