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Shots fired at Miranda Kerr's Malibu house

AAP logoAAP 15/10/2016 By Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

The Malibu beach home Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr loved because it was a "sacred place" where she could raise her young son in tranquility has become the site of a life-and-death struggle between a knife-wielding intruder and an armed security guard.

The intruder, who is believed to be homeless, was shot in the head.

The security guard was stabbed in the eye and suffered cuts to his arms.

A neighbour and some workmen saw the fight from their adjoining property and launched into action, with one of the men scaling Kerr's large front fence to help the injured security guard.

"The man, after he was shot, still held the knife and was going after the security man so my guy kicked the knife out of the perpetrator's hands," the neighbour, who only gave his name as Jerry, told LA TV station CBS2.

Kerr and her five-year-old son Flynn were not home at the time.

Sergeant James Braden, of the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, said deputies were called to the ranch-style home just before midday on Friday after receiving a call there was a fight involving a person with a gun.

"When the deputies arrived at the residence they found an armed security guard was involved in a physical altercation with an intruder," Sgt Braden said.

"During the physical altercation, the intruder stabbed the armed security guard and the armed security guard shot the intruder."

It is believed an intruder had jumped a fence on Kerr's property and was on the grounds of the home when he was confronted by the security guard.

"There were no occupants in the house at the time of this incident," Sgt Braden said.

Miranda Kerr © Provided by AAP Miranda Kerr

"The incident took place on the property, but not inside the house."

The security guard was listed in stable condition in hospital and the intruder was in critical condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Kerr, 33, bought the four bedroom, 3.5 bedroom 1960s home for $US2.15 million following her divorce from British actor and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom.

Bloom, who is in a relationship with pop star Katy Perry, also has a home in Malibu and they wanted to be close so they could raise Flynn together.

Kerr, who recently became engaged to 26-year-old Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel, has been spending time at the internet mogul's $US12 million, seven bedroom home in the elite LA suburb of Brentwood.

In interviews Kerr has raved about the Malibu home, which has views over the Pacific Ocean and a vegetable garden.

In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar, where Kerr posed sitting on a large blow-up pink flamingo in the pool, the supermodel said she fell for the house "at first sight".

"It wasn't right on the water, so it was protected from the wind and very private," she told the magazine.

"I could just see the potential.

"It felt so right.

"In some ways it feels like a tree house.

"That was another thing that I loved.

"It's all open, and the view of the ocean makes it feel more spacious."

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