| 17.02,19. 07:47 PM |
Intruder dies after home altercation with resident in Sydney's Harrington Park
Photo: Police establish a crime scene in Westwood Court. (ABC News)
A home intruder has died after an altercation with a resident at a house in Sydney's south-west.
Around 7.30am the 44-year-old father of the home on Westwood Court in Harrington Park awoke to the sound of his dog barking.
Police say he went to investigate and challenged a male intruder in the loungeroom.
A physical struggle ensued and the intruder lost consciousness.
The resident's wife alerted neighbours and two members of the public commenced CPR on the unconscious man.
Paramedics soon arrived but were unable to revive him.
The male resident is at Narellan Police Station assisting police with their inquiries.
Detective Inspector Shane Woolbank said people are "entitled to their home" and can use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property.
He said police were unable to determine the identity of the intruder.
"We are appealing to anyone who has information on this person," he said.
The man was aged in his late 20s to early 30s, with muscular build and was 175-180 centimetres tall. He had a ginger-like moustache and beard and was wearing a blue sleeveless top and grey knee-length shorts, but no shoes.
He had two tattoos — one on the upper inside of his left arm which is not in English, and one on his upper left chest which reads: "True to ourselves is our true honour."
He also has a scar on his left shoulder.