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UPDATE: Name, timeline released in Palo deadly home invasion

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UPDATE (4:20 p.m.) – The Linn County Sheriff's Office has released more information on a deadly home invasion in Palo Monday morning.

Authorities said the intruder has been identified as Kevin Kawanzel Harris, 40, of Cedar Rapids.

It all started before 3 a.m. when Harris crashed his Buick Encore into two parked vehicles in the 4600 block of Timber Road. Shortly after, several homeowners in the area of Sage and Ridgeview Drives in Palo called 911 to report someone attempting to break into their homes. It is believed by authorities that Harris was the subject of these calls.

At 2:47 a.m., Harris was seen on home surveillance along Timber Road approaching a front door and continuing down the road.

At 2:53, he was caught again on camera in the 2700 block of Sage Drive breaking out windows near the front door of a home. The homeowner confronted Harris and he left the home before trying to break into other homes.

Around 3:02 a.m., a 911 call came in stating a homeowner in the 2700 block of Ridgeview Drive shot a man who had broken into the home and threatened the family. Deputies found Harris with a single gunshot to the chest.

Investigation showed Harris had broken a window in a child's bedroom at the home before he threw a ceramic flower pot through the glass in the front door. The homeowner told authorities he encountered Harris in the home who was making threatening comments. Fearing for the safety of his family, the homeowner fired the pistol he was carrying.


PALO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Linn County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged home invasion that resulted in the death of the intruder.

The Sherriff's Office said starting at 2:55 Monday morning, they began getting numerous 911 calls from different homeowners in the area of Sage and Ridgeview Drive in Palo, reporting a man attempting to break into their homes.

Deputies arrived in the area a short time later at around 3:01 a.m.

At 3:02 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said they received another call from a homeowner. According to authorities, the caller stated a man broke into their home and threatened them and the homeowner said they shot the intruder.

Deputies arrived at the home at 3:03 a.m., secured the scene and started giving the intruder CPR.

The intruder was pronounced dead at 3:16 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office will release the name of the deceased at a later time.

The incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with KWWL on-air and online for updates.