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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating after two men with a shotgun forced entry into a residence Tuesday night in the 6100 block of West 41st Avenue. 

Lake County sheriff's police were dispatched about 10 p.m. to the residence in reference to a report of shots fired inside, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff's Department. 

Upon arrival, officers encountered the resident, who was standing outside. The resident told police two men with a weapon forced entry into his home, but his dog alerted him of a sound at the rear of the house, prompting him to arm himself with his handgun, police said. 

The resident then told police he fired several shots upon seeing two men wearing black pants, black sweatshirts and ski masks entering through the kitchen, police said. 

He said he believed he shot at least one of the suspects. 

A K-9 searched the area. Lake County Sheriff's CSI Unit is investigating. The status of the suspects was not immediately known. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.