Thursday, September 3, 2009

North Dakota: Homeowner fires at intruder

West Fargo, North Dakota

From the West Fargo Pioneer of August 27, 2009
Homeowner fires at intruder

There is no suspect in the burglary attempt that occurred August 18, in Eagle Run at 1139 38 ½ Ave. W., where the homeowner, Jason Fonder, fired a single shot at an intruder discovered in his residence. Also home at the time were his wife, and two-year old daughter. There were no injuries and nothing was taken.

West Fargo Police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at about 1:30 a.m. By the time they arrived, the suspect had fled and has yet to be found.

The suspect is believed to have entered through an unlocked door. He is described as around 5’10” to 6 feet tall, in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and some sort of cap underneath the hood.

Police officials don’t know if this incident is related to the recent string of burglary attempts occurring in West Fargo. West Fargo Assistant Police Chief Mike Reitan said it’s the same in that the individual came in through an unlocked door, but dissimilar in that it occurred in a different area.

Evidence of the shooting was apparent by the entry area of the home, where the single bullet fired traveled through the wall and struck the ground near the front sidewalk. There was no evidence indicating that the intruder was injured and nobody reported a gunshot injury to any medical staff.

Under the North Dakota use of force law, a homeowner has the right to protect himself and his family when they feel threatened.

Police officials said Monday that no additional burglary attempts occurred over the weekend, instead all was quiet. They continue to encourage residents to lock their doors and report anything suspicious. They are also still asking that anyone with any information about a suspect matching the description in the Eagle Run incident, to call the West Fargo Police Department at 701-433-5500.

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