Friday, March 7, 2008

Pennsylvania: Homeowner shoots at 2 intruders, police say

New Cumberland, Pennsylvania

From the The Patriot News of March 6, 2008
Homeowner shoots at 2 intruders, police say

New Cumberland police are investigating a break-in at a home in the 200 block of Geary Avenue during which the homeowner struggled with a pair of intruders and fired two shots at them as they fled.

Police said neither intruder was hit. The homeowner, who was not identified, suffered a minor cut to his stomach during the scuffle and was examined at the scene by ambulance personnel.

Police said the homeowner was asleep around 12:24 a.m. Wednesday when he was awakened by a commotion downstairs..

A scuffle broke out in the kitchen, and the homeowner fired two shots from a handgun as the intruders were running out a back door, police said.

Both burglars were described as being about 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds. Police said one was white and one was black.

Nothing was reported missing. Police said a woman's handbag was found dumped on the floor and kitchen counters and drawers had been opened. The intruders forced open a back door, police said.

Police are investigating whether the break-in is related to one four days earlier at the same residence. In that case, the homeowner got up to get a drink around 12:30 a.m. and encountered a man in the home.

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