Father Fatally Shoots Man Naked Except For Mask In Daughter's Bedroom
Scottsdale, AZ – A homeowner confronted a naked, masked man in his daughter’s bedroom on Wednesday night and fatally shot the burglar when he lunged at him holding a piece of wood.
The incident happened just before 10:53 p.m. on May 13 when Dr. Aaron LaTowsky, a Phoenix-area urologist, arrived at his home located near Pima Road and Pinnacle Peak Drive and discovered one of the doors was open, KSAZ reported.
Everyone was asleep inside the house except the family’s Doberman, Sadie, who was barking like crazy down hall toward the doctor’s daughter’s bedroom.
“So I came inside, and I saw one of our side doors was open and she was barking down the hall towards my kids' bedrooms," he explained.
LaTowsky, 41, told KSAZ that he grabbed his shotgun and went to see what was going on.
He found a naked man, wearing only a mask, inside his little girl’s bedroom.
LaTowsky said that the burglar came at him with a big piece of wood in his hands, according to KSAZ.
"He basically was lunging at me, so it was very quick," the doctor said. "He had his hands in the air. I could see something dark or black coming at me, and again it was very, very close, so I fired almost immediately."
LaTowsky fired two shots and killed the burglar, KSAZ reported.
Police have not yet identified the man who broke into the LaTowskys’ home but said he appeared to be 18 or 19 years old.
LaTowsky’s wife, dermatologist Dr. Brenda LaTowsky, was grateful her husband arrived home just when he did, KSAZ reported.
“We never would have known," she said. "We would have continued to sleep and sleep through it. So I’m just so thankful."
Scottsdale police said that shortly before LaTowsky called 911 to report he’d shot a burglar, officers responded to a call about an attempted break in at a home near Alma School and Happy Valley Roads, KSAZ reported.
The homeowner scared the suspect off before police arrived, but officers said the dead man matched the description of the earlier burglar.
LaTowsky said it was the first time his family’s home has ever been broken into, but he was very glad he was prepared when it happened, KSAZ reported.
"God Bless America and the Second Amendment," the doctor said. "Glad I was able to protect my family. God bless the police for coming so quick to take care of us."
LaTowsky’s wife, nanny, and three children were asleep inside the home when the incident occurred but none of them were injured, according to KSAZ.