CHICAGO (STMW) — A woman fatally shot a person who broke into her South Chicago neighborhood home Monday morning, police said.

The woman heard a window break in the basement of her home in the 8200 block of South Kingston Avenue about 10 a.m. and retrieved a handgun, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

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She then went to the basement and confronted the man, who was armed with a tire iron, Baety said. She then fired the gun and killed the home invader, police said.

Vincent Fleming, 20, of 357 W. 42nd St., was pronounced dead at 10:36 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

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The woman was not injured, police said. It was not immediately known if the handgun was registered or if she faces criminal charges.

Chicago last year adopted strict handgun-ownership standards after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s ban on guns in the home.

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