An armed citizen in Chicago – a rarity but becoming much less so thanks to Illinois loosening gun restrictions – defending his life and his home from a 31-year-old thug Friday.

He was declared dead right there about ten minutes later after police and paramedics arrived.

(Chicago Tribune) – A man who was breaking into a home was shot to death by a property owner in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood this morning, authorities said.

Mario Viramontes, 31, was declared dead on the scene in 2000 block of West 21st Street at 9:22 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police were called to the scene about 9:10 a.m. for a burglary, and when they arrived, they found that a “male offender” who had been trying to commit a burglary had been shot by the homeowner, said Police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.

No one has been charged in the incident, said Ursitti.

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