Warminster Cop's Morning Shooting of Home Invader Ruled Self-Defense

The second intruder has been apprehended by police after escaping with the officer's car.

Editor's Note: The article has been updated with new police information.

An off-duty, Buck County police officer shot and killed one person who attempted to rob his Andorra home, while another alleged burglar stole his car, Philadelphia Police said.

Police confirmed that an unidentified Warminster Police Department officer shot and killed Edward Mehlberger, 39, who entered his home on the 8700 block of Sagamore Road at 3:50 a.m. Monday.

Police spokesperson Officer Tanya Little said the officer and his wife were asleep when he was awoken by a commotion near his vehicle early Monday morning. He went outside and saw Tim Zgrzepski, 29, near his 2001 Honda Odyssey and got into a confrontation with him.

The officer returned indoors to retrieve his weapon and found Mehlberger in his house. Little said he shot and killed the man. The other man fled in the officer's vehicle.

Police said Zgrzepski, from the 2600 block of Kensington Ave., abandoned the vehicle at Old Line and Manatawna Roads in Andorra. Later, police apprehended him in Springfield Township. Office Jillian Russell said his charges were not immediately available.

Officials arrived at the Sagamore Road home near 4 a.m., and pronounced Mehlberger, from 3100 N. Custer St., dead at 4:12 a.m., Little said.

Neither the officer nor his wife were injured in the incident, police said. Little said no charges will be filed against the officer as he was protecting his home.

Police declined to release the name of the Warminster officer as he was a victim, Little said. Warminster Police declined commenting on the incident.

Beth F July 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Hard to not applaud the officer. Anyway, like every other house in Andorra is owned by a cop or firefighter. only morons go there to rob a house or steal a car.
Bruce Coleman July 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM
cops 2 morons 0
Steve F July 24, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Just wanted to applaud a courageous man who had to defend his family and property. That is why those who train to win a deadly force situation don't end up victims. Hopefully the next predator who decides to enter someone's home to do their family harm will think twice about it. God bless you and yours as you move on as a family and heal from this traumatic event.
Zoey Lynne July 24, 2012 at 03:19 PM
oops comment didn't post.. agreed beth...... almost every street in andorra and bustleton section of the city has a cop or two living there.. then there are firefighters....... they pack the heat too... thank god these morons picked the wrong house........good job... no.... great job..........
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