It was any mother’s worst nightmare.
An Oregon woman returned home with her two children, ages 5 and 10, just before 2 a.m. Sunday to find a stranger inside one of their bedrooms, police said.
She fatally shot the 59-year-old male intruder with a handgun, Portland police said in a statement.
Police have only identified the 33-year-old woman as the victim in the case, and have not made any arrests. The case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for potential charges.
The man's name will be released pending notification of family, police said. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
Neighbors say the family moved into the home recently, ending a long period of the vacant property attracting "mischief."
“There was a lot of mischief in and out, and I think after they moved out I think there were a few squatters in and out of there,” one neighbor, Amber Murray, told local new station KOIN-TV.
The area has seen a recent increase in crime, another neighbor told the news station.
Authorities say the woman is cooperating with their investigation.