PORTLAND -- A Portland man said he fired his shotgun to scare away an intruder who sneaked into his home early Tuesday morning while his wife and baby were asleep.
Police were called just before 3:30 a.m. to the report of a burglary at a home in the 2100 block of Northeast 37th Avenue, according to Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
The homeowner told responding officers he and his family had been sleeping when their dog woke them up.
They heard someone moving around downstairs, so the homeowner got his shotgun and fired a single shot toward the downstairs hallway, Simpson said. The homeowner told police that he then heard someone running out of the house and a vehicle speed away in an unknown direction.
The suspect apparently entered and escaped through an open first-floor window and did not get away with any property, Simpson said.
There was no evidence the burglar was hit by the shotgun blast.
Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau.
This was the third time in three days that a local homeowner took the law into their own hands.
A Vancouver man shot and killed an intruder that burst into his bedroom Saturday. Police said that suspect ripped down a fence, went through an unsecured door, and burst through a locked bedroom door before he was shot by the homeowner.
On Friday night, Oregon woman fired a shotgun inside her home during an alcohol-fueled argument over gun control. No one was injured but a neighbor's house was damaged.