One dead in Harford home invasion; robbery suspected motive

A Harford County man was shot and killed early Monday after confronting intruders in his home, according to the county sheriff's office.

Thomas Richard Anderson, 38, was shot several times in the torso and was declared dead at the scene, officials said

Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. W. Michael Crabbs said Anderson lived at the house with family members who were in other rooms at the time. No one else in the house suffered injuries requiring medical treatment.

The sheriff's office said family members told investigators several people broke through the front door of the house in the 1200 block of Trappe Road in Street about 1 a.m., and that Anderson confronted them and was shot.

Crabbs said in an email that it was unknown whether there was any connection between Anderson and his assailants. Investigators suspect robbery was the motive, Crabbs said, "but they don't know what was taken."

The house where the fatal shooting occurred is on a wooded lot. Crabbs said investigators don't believe the robbery was the work of people randomly breaking into homes. "It's very, very rare that anyone is chosen at random," he said.

Anderson's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Investigators, assisted by canine units, remained at the scene hours after the fatal shooting, clearing the area about 11 a.m.

Crabbs said he did not have information about weapons involved, and no suspects have been identified. As of late Monday detectives were continuing to investigate, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff office's northern precinct at 410-692-7880 of Harford Crime Solvers at 1-888-540-8477.

Ted Hendricks of Baltimore Sun Media group contributed to this article.

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