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Alleged burglar fatally shot by police; accomplice sought in Brooklyn armed home invasion

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BENSONHURST, Brooklyn – Police fatally shot an alleged burglar and on Tuesday were looking for his accomplice after a Brooklyn home invasion.

A home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, pictured, was burglarized on July 12, 2016. (PIX11)

A home in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, pictured, was burglarized on July 12, 2016. (PIX11)

The NYPD said officers were responding to a robbery in progress at 2271 78th St., a three-story private residence in the Bensonhurst section of the borough on Monday.

Once they arrived, they encountered a 39-year-old man running toward the third floor. He was seen exiting a window and descending a fire escape into the rear yard, police said.

After scaling a fence onto Stillwell Avenue, he was confronted by an uniformed sergeant.

The man pulled out a revolver and both the sergeant and another uniformed member of the service discharge their weapons, striking the gunman twice, according to the NYPD.

He was taken to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His identity has not yet been released the public.

The pictured revolver was left behind after an attempted burglary at a Bensonhurst home on July 11, 2016. (NYPD)

The pictured revolver was left behind after an attempted burglary at a Bensonhurst home on July 11, 2016. (NYPD)

Several residents who were present in the apartment during the armed home invasion told police a second man fled just prior to their arrival.

Police said he was posing as a construction worker to enter the home, and appeared to be in his 30s, heavy-set, possibly wearing a construction-type hat.

The alleged burglar's revolver was found at the scene.

None of the victims of the apartment, which included seven adults and an infant, were hurt.