Intruder Shot, Killed by Resident in Clinton County

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PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP -- Police in Clinton County say a man is dead after he attempted to force his way into a home.

State police say it happened at a home just outside Avis around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Hours after the deadly shooting, neighbors were talking about what happened.

“Next thing you know you hear bang, bang, bang,” said Torrance Stabley.

People in a neighborhood near Avis recalled hearing gunshots early in the morning. They awoke later to find state police in the 900 block of 4th Street and crime scene tape up around a mobile home.

“There was, like, a ton of cops,” said Kelly Kinley.

“They had the yellow tape up pole to pole. Nobody could get through,” said Pam Smith.

Now, state police and the Clinton County district attorney say Cody Englert, 30, of Jersey Shore, was shot by the resident of the home after Englert forced his way inside.

Englert died at the scene.

Jessica Allen lives just a few doors down.

“It's scary. I have a 1-year-old daughter and it was kind of scary. I mean, being that close to my house kind of freaks me out,” said Allen.

State police say the resident of the home is cooperating with them.

Some neighbors believe the shooting may have something to do with Englert's fiancee.

“They knew each other. I've seen her in there before,” said Pam Smith. “We know we've seen her in there. We know his reputation.”

“People coming and going all the time and something's going to happen one of these days over there,” said Stabley.

Kelly Kinley says her children play with the children of Englert's fiancee.

“That's my only dealing with her other than my kid going down and playing and her kids coming up here. We gave them a basketball hoop that's down there and, I don't know, it's shocking. It really is,” said Kinley.

State police are currently calling this a death investigation and say that there is no threat to the public.

So far, no charges have been filed.


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