A woman shot and killed an intruder who happened to be a former domestic partner early Sunday morning that rocked a sleepy street in Mahopac with sounds of gunshots and police sirens.
The woman, who police have not identified, shot Philip Miraglia of Mahopac, a person she was once romantically involved with, after he allegedly broke into her residence on Ann Road and was carrying a gun. According to the Carmel Police Department, two emergency calls were made, one from the woman who said there was an attempted burglary into her home in progress and another from a basement tenant that said he saw a male with a gun trying to break into the house.
When Carmel police officers arrived within four minutes around 2 a.m., they found Miraglia shot several times in the upper torso and the woman with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to Carmel Police. County coroner Dan Stephens pronounced Miraglia dead at the scene. The woman was taken to Danbury Hospital by the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance and released after being treated.
According to a lohud.com report, Carmel Police Chief Mike Cazzari said the woman would not be charged because “She was defending herself after someone broke into her house. She was the victim.”
She apparently wrestled the gun away from Miraglia, though at this time it is unclear how. It is also unknown before press time if Miraglia shot her or if she shot herself accidently.
An autopsy report done at Putnam Hospital Center Sunday revealed Miraglia’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the torso with perforation of the lung, aorta, liver, and mesentery.
Police don’t plan on releasing more information about the woman, including her name, because they are treating the incident like a domestic violence case. The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Carmel Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Forensics Investigation Unit.