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Suspected burglar killed with sword

BALTIMORE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A college student armed with a samurai sword Tuesday allegedly killed a suspected burglar in a garage in Baltimore, police said.

Police responding to a report of a suspicious person found the Johns Hopkins University student and the suspect in a garage off-campus, the suspect's hand nearly severed and his upper body lacerated, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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The suspect died at the scene, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Two laptop computers and a Sony PlayStation had been stolen from the home Monday, said the student, whose name was not released.

When he heard sounds coming from downstairs early Tuesday, the student said he armed himself with the sword and found the door to the garage had been pried open, The Sun reported.

The suspect inside the garage allegedly lunged at the student, who hit back with the sword, police said. The suspect, whose name was not released, had prior burglary convictions and had just been released Saturday from a Baltimore County jail, polices said.

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