Tuesday, January 6, 2009

California: Burglar flees after resident fires shot

Ventura County, California

From the Ventura County Star of December 31, 2008
Burglar flees after resident fires shot

Sheriff’s deputies were looking Tuesday for a burglar who was shot at by an armed homeowner in the 13000 block of Telegraph Road, authorities said.

The homeowner was alerted by a barking, growling family dog about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department reported. The homeowner, armed with a handgun, walked down her hallway and found a man who had apparently forced his way into the house, deputies said.

Deputies said the burglar “brazenly and antagonistically challenged the homeowner.”

“Threatened by the aggressive behavior and fearing for her life,” the homeowner “fired in self-defense at the confrontational suspect,” the sheriff’s report said.

The burglar fled without taking any property. Authorities did not know Tuesday if the man was injured.

The intruder was last seen running through an orchard with a male accomplice toward nearby Todd Road Jail, sheriff’s Capt. Patti Salas said.

Neither the owner nor a toddler at home was injured.

Authorities used dogs, helicopters, heat-seeking detectors and 15 deputies to look for the two men but were unsuccessful. Deputies suspected the pair fled in a vehicle.

Anyone with information on the burglary should contact the Sheriff’s Department at 524-2233.

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