An armed Chicago homeowner came face to face with an intruder who broke into his residence in middle of night earlier this week — but the homeowner said the intruder advanced toward him, after which the homeowner opened fire.
What are the details?
Police said the individual broke into the home in the 3600 block of North Newcastle Avenue on the northwest side of the city around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, WGN-TV reported.
The homeowner told officers he woke up after his dog began barking, and he then heard a loud noise in the basement, WMAQ-TV reported.
With that the homeowner grabbed his gun, WGN said. He then went downstairs to check on the noise, WMAQ said.
Minutes later the homeowner came face to face with the intruder, WBBM-TV reported, adding that the homeowner told cops he opened fire when the suspect began walking toward him.
The 27-year-old suspect, identified as Jeremy Tyler, was shot once in the arm and listed in critical condition Sunday evening, WBBM said, adding that he's been charged with a felony count of burglary.
WMAQ said Area Five detectives are investigating the incident.
How are folks reacting?
Next-door neighbor Felix Echevarria told WMAQ he is "shocked" and "flabbergasted at what is happening here."
Ray Moreno, another neighbor, told the station he's "gratified that someone who tried to rob him got himself shot. Hopefully the message goes out that this is not a block that you want to come and try that on.”
Others reacting to the WGN story on Twitter were similarly pleased by the outcome:
- "F*** around; find out," one user said.
- "Well done!" another commenter exclaimed.
- "Good for the the one breaking in, send his bloody ass to the hospital," another user wrote.
- "I think people are getting a little tired of having thugs break into their home[s] and robbing them," another commenter observed. "We have a right to defend our abode, property, and protect ourselves from harm."
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