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Home invasion suspect in critical condition after being shot by homeowner

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Police say the suspect was shot in the face while attempting to break into a home in the 1600 block of Helen just before 2:00 a.m. By Stephanie Baumer Police say the suspect was shot in the face while attempting to break into a home in the 1600 block of Helen just before 2:00 a.m. By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A suspect is listed in critical condition after being shot by a homeowner during a home invasion attempt in north St. Louis early Thursday morning.

Police say a 26-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to the face behind a home in the 1600 block of block of Helen around 1:45 a.m.

The 31-year-old homeowner told police he heard kicking at the back door, looked out the window and saw the man kicking at the door. The homeowner says he retrieved a firearm and fired shots at the back door from inside the home.

When the homeowner heard the kicking stop, he told a female resident to hide his firearm.

Authorities say they found the firearm that was used by the homeowner and a firearm used the 26-year-old on the back porch of the home.

Police say the homeowner was taken into custody.

The 26-year-old man was rushed to the hospital in critical, but stable condition.  

The homeowner is a convicted felon, on probation, and was not lawfully in possession of a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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