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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

Moe July 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM
One bad guy dead, one in custody. Pretty good night. Every homeowner should learn a lesson from this. Refuse to be a victim.
Keith July 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
If you did the same thing protecting your property but your not an off duty cop, would you be treated the same "no charges as i was protecting my home"? Dont get me wrong as i love how this ended but i doubt i would get same treatment. Was perp armed?
Melanie July 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Good for the officer! There's so many low lifes around here causing crime and such...this time they messed with the wrong person.
Roxborough Area Man July 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I can't imagine anything I own, even if I watched it being stolen, being worth the life of another human being. Protection of one's own, or one's family's life is a completely different subject. Something doesn't add-up with the way the story is being presented. I await the full details of this incident before rendering judgement...I am curious how a trained police officer allowed someone into their home after realizing something was going on.
james koslosky July 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
the audacity of two criminals breaking into someone's home at 4 am knowing that the residents were home. they deserved what they got.
Moe July 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
The state's Castle Doctrine was signed into law last year, making PA the 27th state to permit law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their home and any place they have a legal right to be. It also protects individuals from civil lawsuits by an attacker or attacker’s family when force is used. There are plenty stories of home invasions ending in murder, not just simple robbery. If you fear for your life or that of your family you have the right to defend yourself by any and all means necessary.
Moe July 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
A criminal career is a risky one and being terminated by a homeowner is at the top of the list. Someone in my place of residence at 4 a.m. isn't there to exchange pleasantries and if you think they will simply thank you for your generosity and leave you unharmed, then good luck to you!
Moe July 24, 2012 at 05:38 PM
You're right James. If more of the sheep would start biting back, the wolves would think twice!
Roxborough Area Man July 24, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Sooner or later the things you own, own you. Besides, that is what insurance is for....why risk anyone's life over a television, jewelry, or a car?
Moe July 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Because I WORK for what I have. The only one at risk is the criminal.
Barbara H July 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
You want to come in to my home univited. Come on in but BEWARE! The big dog bites and I don't mean the K-9 kind!
Roxborough Area Man July 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Escalating to violence places everyone in the situation at greater risk of injury or death. You cannot guarantee you will be faster on the draw than your opponent - is your child's safety worth that television?
Jay July 25, 2012 at 01:28 AM
What don't add up is he didn't have enough bullets in him! You break into some ones house knowing their home you deserve to die
Moe July 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Roxborough Area Man - I see you subscribe to the typical way of thinking about firearms and self-defense based on zero fact. If someone is in my home uninvited I will have the tactical advantage by being familiar with my surroundings, having a weapon at the ready and the 40+ years of safe shooting experience to back me up. Everyone in my household practices regularly to be safe. The problem is too many people have learned to just look the other way and that just emboldens the criminals.
Sally July 25, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Just curious Roxborough Area Man....given the same scenario....what would you have done to protect your family?
Roxborough Area Man July 25, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I would have done what the police say to do - stay inside, call 911. This man escalated this by going outside to confront the people trying to steal his (insured) car. That was not necessary. He placed himself, his family, and his neighbors at risk to protect a possession that was insured. To Moe - there were two criminals here. I am quite familiar with firearms, and I know that no matter how good a shot I am two armed men vs. one armed man equals one or two dead men. Tactical advantage? You overestimate your ability to shoot when under stress, especially when faced with two armed criminals. That's not zero-fact, that's my personal extensive experience with firearms. I'm a pretty good shot.
Moe July 25, 2012 at 05:06 PM
So Roxborough Man, you'd play sheep like our leaders order you to do, wait for the police and pray the intruders do not decide do eliminate witnesses? I don't recall reading the suspects were armed, but the law is on your side if you feel that your or your loved ones are at risk of injury or death. I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!
Roxborough Area Man July 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The law may be on your side, but if this instance went down as it is portrayed, common sense is not. Two vs. one are bad odds at anything, especially when lives are at stake. Wise men live to fight another day. Or are named Zimmerman.
Billy Cee July 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Except it didn't work out that way RAM. All that leftist sniveling and cowering and running away in the face of a threat was not necessary, because a brave man with a gun was ready to do what needed doing. I was an Infantryman during the Cold War. The Soviets had us outnumbered 5:1 in the European front. Should we have ran?
Billy Cee July 25, 2012 at 07:09 PM
The rest of us aren't infected with your bleeding heart. Thank god.
Billy Cee July 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Your insurance gonna un-rape you RAM? Your insurance gonna put your eye back in it's socket after the home invaders cave your head in? Will it bring you back to life? Seriously, you are a coward.
Roxborough Area Man July 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Wave the flag all you want...I was artillery, 1989-1992, enlisted. They had a little dust-up back then...forget what we called it... Then ROTC. So save the military insight and machismo gun waving for someone who might be impressed. Is putting your life at risk, the lives of your family at risk, worth a car? Is having the weight of another man's life on your conscience? If you say yes, I'd suggest a review of priorities may be in order. Call me a pansy, a sniveling leftist, a pinko, a coward, whatever makes you feel better. My car is not worth my family's safety. It really is worth yours?
lynn veight July 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
no and he was shot 8 times
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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