Deputies: Man shot, killed when trying to break into neighbor's home in Gig Harbor

Deputies are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead at a home Friday morning in Gig Harbor.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department (PCSD), around 7:20 a.m., a 911 caller reported that a homeowner shot someone who was trying to break into his home on 66th Ave. NW and 87th St. NW. 

When deputies arrived, a 36-year-old man was found dead on the back porch, and the homeowner came outside to be taken into custody peacefully.

Detectives learned that the victim and his girlfriend lived next door, and they had an altercation Thursday night – with the girlfriend going to the neighbor's home for the evening. Deputies said the girlfriend had an active no-contact order against the man. 

PCSD says the 36-year-old attempted to break into the house Friday morning before the shooting.  Deputies say he came to the residence and was making threats against his girlfriend and other occupants of the home. 

Authorities say the 59-year-old shooter has been interviewed and released. The prosecutor's office will review the case to see if any charges will be filed. 

An investigation remains underway.

This is a developing story.