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Home invader dies after 'titanic fight' with homeowners

A man died late Saturday after he forced his way into a Tarrant County home demanding money and the homeowners fought back, authorities said.

The man, whose identify has not been realeased, forced his way into the home near Eagle Mountain Lake late Saturday with a gun, a pipe and a hatchet-like implement, said Terry Grisham, a Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

Grisham said the man entered the home demanding money and had items he could have used to bind the homeowners, identified as a man and a woman.

At some point, the homeowners fought back using items from around the house, including a kitchen knife and a potted plant, Grisham said.

He described the altercation as a “titanic fight.”

Sherriff’s deputies were called to the home about 10:15 p.m. and the man was still attacking the victims when they entered, he said. Deputies feared for the homeowners’ health after seeing the amount of blood in the home, Grisham said.

The man died as deputies tried to restrain him, but investigators don’t believe the deputies’ actions led to his death Grisham said. Authorities won’t be able to determine what killed the man until toxicology results and other tests are returned.

The homeowners were released from the hospital Sunday, he said. Both homeowners have lacerations from being cut and the man’s forearm is injured.

ANDREW CHAVEZ, 817-390-7957

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