Police said the alleged burglar died in hospital of a serious gunshot wound after they found him a few hundreds metres from the location of the break-in.
Paramedics had to resuscitate him once before he could be moved to hospital for emergency surgery.
The 40-year-old homeowner told officers that he encountered three unknown people on his property after hearing noises during the night.
Since one of the men was armed, he returned to the house to fetch his own pistol and fired one shot.
It's not yet clear under what exact circumstances the man fired his weapon.
The intruders fled in different directions as the man called the police. There was no trace of the other two men by Tuesday morning despite large numbers of officers and a helicopter taking part in the search.
A police spokesman said that the homeowner had a license for his weapon and that he is now under investigation for suspected manslaughter.