ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Police in Arlington Heights, Illinois released home surveillance video showing a home invasion in which a homeowner shot and killed one of the armed assailants.
Doorbell video of the April 4 fatal encounter in the north Chicago suburb, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shows two men wearing surgical masks and gloves ring the doorbell of a home on North Evergreen Avenue. Unedited video was leaked on the internet days before the release.
Police said the two assailants, Bradley Finnan and Larry Brodacz, were armed with a gun and knife when they forced their way into the home with the intent to rob the family.
The homeowner fought back, chasing Finnan outside and punching him to the ground, as seen in the video.
The homeowner then returned inside the home, out of view of the camera, where police said he found Brodacz pointing a gun at his wife and two children, police said.
The homeowner retrieved the family gun from a safe and confronted Brodacz, police said. During a struggle, the homeowner fired a single shot into Brodacz’s abdomen. He fell to the ground and died in the home, police said.
Finnan, 38, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested nearby and later charged with felony murder and two counts of home invasion, police said.
A Cook County judge ordered Finnan held without bail — due back in court April 21 in Rolling Meadows.