ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL — A Tennessee is man is facing a felony murder charge after his accomplice in an attempted home invasion in Arlington Heights was shot and killed by the residence’s homeowner, Arlington Heights police announced Tuesday. Officers responded to the 2400 block of North Evergreen Street Avenue at approximately 1:57 p.m. on Saturday after a resident of the home called 911 reporting a man with a gun in the home who was likely shot.
The body of 58-year-old Larry D. Brodacz of Buffalo Grove was later discovered on the second floor of the home. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death as a homicide.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Larry D. Brodacz and Bradley J. Finnan, 38, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, planned to force their way into the residence and rob the homeowners at gunpoint, police said. Once the pair gained entry, the male homeowner fought with Finnan and chased him out of the house, according to police.
After re-entering his house, the homeowner retrieved a handgun from a safe and confronted Brodacz, who was pointing his own firearm at the homeowner’s family, police said. Brodacz attacked the homeowner with a knife, police said, and after a brief struggle and the homeowner fired one shot into Brodacz’ abdomen and fled the house with his family to await the police.
Finnan was charged with felony murder and home invasion. Arlington Heights Deputy Police Chief Mark Recker said Finnan is being held without bond.