MENOMINEE — A 19-year-old man was shot and killed early Monday morning after he and two other men broke into a home in Mellen Township. According to Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks, the homeowner defended himself after hearing the men breaking into his home and calling 911.

The two other men were captured by law enforcement in the woods about one-quarter mile from the home near Rangeline Road and No. 14 Road. Marks said law enforcement officers set up a perimeter and used two K9 teams. Menominee City Police, Michigan State troopers and Menominee County deputies searched the area before a trooper spotted them.

Marks said the 62-year-old homeowner called 911 at 4:59 a.m. Monday and said he heard pounding on his house, which woke him up — and that he believed someone was breaking into his home. Marks said the man took a defensive position.

According to Marks, the three men allegedly broke into at least one other unoccupied home in the area before coming across the occupied dwelling. All the locations are part of the overall investigation being conducted.

No names have been released of the deceased or the other two men, whom Marks said are 19 and 20. They have been taken into custody at the Menominee County Jail, and had not been arraigned as of Monday afternoon. They face possible charges of home invasion, breaking and entering and larceny.

An autopsy will be conducted at Dickinson Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain today on the 19-year-old intruder, Marks said. The man apparently died of two gunshot wounds. No one else was injured.

Marks said the three men gained access to the occupied home through an attached garage before breaking into the house through a door.

At this point, it appears all three men are originally from outside the area, but the intruder who was shot had been living here, Marks said.

The homeowner has been taken to a safe location by Menominee County Victims Services and a chaplain.

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass said Monday that the case, including the shooting, is being investigated and no information will be released until the investigation has been completed.

Arraignment on the two suspects will not occur until Wednesday morning at the earliest, Hass said, since the Menominee County Courthouse is closed today in honor of Veterans’ Day.