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HAMBURG MAN INVADES HOME, DIES OF INJURIES

A Town of Hamburg man with apparent mental problems died in a Pittsburgh hospital Saturday night of injuries he received from a man who was defending his young son with a baseball bat after the Hamburg man broke into their house, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Andrew M. Lock, 40, died about 10:30 p.m. in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The boy was listed in fair condition Saturday with a neck wound, apparently caused by flying glass.

Police were still trying to piece together the series of events.

Lock was driving on a rural road in Somerset Township, about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, about 8:30 p.m. Friday when his car struck a utility pole, which snapped and fell on the car, according to police. He then broke into the house of James and Jean Liermann and their 7-year-old son, James, through a window, according to the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter.

A struggle ensued, with Lock suffering serious injuries, police said.

Lock was the subject of an attempt-to-locate message to regional police sent Friday by Hamburg police. The message said Lock, who had recently suffered a breakdown, left his job in Cheektowaga on Friday, distraught and depressed.

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