The leader of the Greeks, Markos Botsaris, assaulted the Ottoman camp with a force of 450 Souliotes. The opponents were overconfident and had not taken proper defensive measures. The sleeping soldiers suffered many casualties as the Souliotes sneaked into their camp. Botsaris was shot at the head as he was scouting enemy positions, and he died immediately. The Souliotes retreated when they saw their leader's body being carried away to safety. The Ottoman army had lost 1,000 men while the Greeks had lost several men.