According to Amarillo.com, officers responded to reports of an activated burglary alarm at 3:35 a.m. Upon their arrival, they discovered the homeowner and a man laying on the ground in the backyard. The man had a gunshot wound in his thigh.
The homeowner told police that he was awoken by his alarm system going off. He immediately armed himself with his home defense handgun and went to investigate. He found a man trying to break in through the back door of the home.
As Amarillo.com reports, the homeowner confronted the suspect and the two engaged in a physical struggle. The suspect hit the homeowner on the head repeatedly, police said.
The suspect then attempted to flee the scene, but the homeowner opened fire and shot the man in the leg.
Officers arrived at the scene and found a large screwdriver which the suspect used when trying to break into the home and the ensuing physical confrontation.
The suspect was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries, Amarillo.com reported. The homeowner was also taken to a hospital to be treated for head injuries, and was later released.
It has been confirmed that the homeowner did not know the suspect, and it was a random burglary attempt.
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