Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Gary, Indiana Burglar Shot

Gary, Indiana

From the September 8, 2008 Gary Post-Tribune:
GARY -- The shadowy figure in the kitchen window didn't answer Saturday night when confronted by the homeowner who shouted repeated warnings.

So it wasn't until after the burglar was shot trying to run out the back door that the homeowner discovered he'd wounded his second cousin.

"He told me he yelled, 'I'm armed, I called the police,' but the man inside never said anything," Detective Jeff Hornyak said Sunday.

Todd K. Godfrey, 46, was shot in the wrist about 10:20 p.m. by his relative, 51-year-old Tarold Blakey, as he tried to leave through a basement door.

Blakey said he and his fiance had returned to his home in the 2500 block of Tyler Street and saw a silhouette in the kitchen. He called police, then shouted to the intruder, police said.

When Blakey realized the man was trying to flee, he fired a single warning shot.

"That's when the guy finally says something," Hornyak said.

Police found the house had been ransacked, but nothing appeared to be missing.

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