The man who died during a home invasion in Sydney’s southwest has been identified as personal trainer Brad Soper.
Harrington Park resident Francois Schwartz was released without charge after the intruder died in his home early on Sunday.
The death occurred after Mr Schwartz woke to his dogs barking about 7.30am and “challenged a male intruder located in the lounge room”.
Police are waiting for autopsy results to work out if the father-of-one used excessive force during the confrontation.
Many left tributes to Mr Soper online, including from Smeaton Grange’s XXX Fight Academy where he worked as a coach.
“It is with the greatest sadness and shock to announce the passing of Brad Soper, our coach, our colleague and our friend,” a Facebook post said.
“This news has absolutely devastated us all and we are going to miss him beyond words, his knowledge, encouragement, strength and all of the laughs and fun in between.”
The post said he was dedicated to his sport and training as well as being “inspiring”.
“Forever our strongman,” the post said.
One commented on Mr Soper’s latest Instagram post, saying he could not believe his death.
“R.I.P bro I will miss you so much. My best mate bruh (sic). You taught me so much man,” the friend said.
Death raises questions about self defence
The death has raised questions about how far residents should be able to go to protect their family and property.
In an act of self defence Donald Brooke was forced to kill after he was confronted by an armed intruder in his home in Yagoona, in Sydney’s southwest, in 2011.
He was arrested but no charges were ever laid.
“We all have a right to self defence and we’re restricted by law and what we can use in our own defence,” Mr Brooke said.
Mr Brooke has lived the nightmare Mr Schwartz is now experiencing after Mr Soper died during the violent scuffle inside the Harrington Park home.
“I imagine he’s bewildered and doesn’t know what to do,” Mr Brooke said.
Mr Schwartz was quizzed by detectives and charges had not been ruled out.
“It’s absurd and unfair,” Mr Brooke said.
Support for the father of one on social media has been overwhelming.
“Good on him for protecting his family,” one person wrote.
“He did what he had to do. Anyone would do the same,” another said.
Under NSW law, residents are entitled to defend themselves or other people in their home.
“Provided always that the circumstances are in that person’s mind, requires it’s self defence and that conduct is reasonable in response,” Law Society of NSW President Elizabeth Espinosa said.
Police are now working to determine whether Mr Schwartz’s response on Sunday morning was reasonable or excessive.