Residential entry suspect wounded after shooting

2013-04-18T19:25:00Z 2013-04-18T23:48:05Z Residential entry suspect wounded after shootingChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | A suspect in a residential entry case is in intensive care after a shot was fired by the owner of the home in which he allegedly attempted to intrude, police said.

The homeowner told police an acquaintance of his son approached the homeowner Monday on his property in the 5800 block of Taney Place.

The person asked if he could come inside for water. Instead of allowing the person in the home, the homeowner retrieved a bottle of water and gave it to the person, who didn't drink it, Merrillville police Detective George Fields said.

He later asked to enter the home to use a phone, Fields said.

The homeowner asked the person to leave, but he stayed on the property, Fields said.

The homeowner called police to have the person removed.

While officers were en route, the homeowner entered his residence and attempted to shut a door. The person put his shoulder on the door, which prevented the homeowner from completely closing it, Fields said.

The homeowner grabbed a shotgun that was in close proximity to him, Fields said.

The homeowner fired one shot through the door, and the individual suffered a leg wound, Fields said.

The person was taken to the Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus. He has been in the intensive care unit since the incident, Fields said.

Fields is expected to present charges against the suspect to the Lake County prosecutor's office. No charges are sought against the homeowner, he said.

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