Police say an Okauchee homeowner shot and killed a man he claims broke into his house.
It happened around 2:00 a.m. Saturday on Wisconsin Ave.
The crime scene tape around his Okauchee home is gone but the memories of early Saturday morning are fresh and hard for Mike Fitzsimmons.
“I’m happy that I’m alive today,” Fitzsimmons told TMJ4 reporter Keller Russell.
He says he was asleep inside his home when he heard someone breaking in. He grabbed his flashlight and a gun.
“I confronted the guy and he told me he had a gun. He came at me with a gun,” said Fitzsimmons.
The homeowner told police he confronted the man in the garage and it moved to the back of the house. He says the man cornered him, threatening his life with a gun. Within minutes, Fitzsimmons says it was all over.
“I told him to drop it, backed up shot him, killed him.”
The Town of Oconomowoc police say the man Fitzsimmons killed is James Babe IV, 39, of Waukesha. According to state court records, Babe is a life registered sex offender with a lengthy criminal history, including burglary.
Police are still trying to figure out why Babe was in Okauchee.
“It’s not normal out here — people breaking into houses and somebody getting shot. It’s never happened in my career here,” said Lt. Russel Paar.