FORT WORTH –– A homeowner in Fort Worth shot an intruder in the early morning hours on Monday.
At 5 a.m., Fort Worth Police Department patrol officers responded to the 2000 block of Hawthorne Ave. following a possible burglary call.
"Officers were advised by the homeowner that he suspected a burglary had occurred, and that he had fired upon the suspect while outside the residence," said Sgt. Kelly Peel.
The homeowner was not hurt. Police say the suspect, described only as a Hispanic man, was shot three times. He was taken to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. Police say the intruder attempted to break in to the garage. The house alarm sounded, which alerted the homeowner.
The resident first approached the suspect with a flash light and fired when he felt threatened," Peel said. Officers followed a trail of blood that ended two houses down. The suspect was arrested there.
Greg Jackson, head of the Berkeley Heights Neighborhood Association, said that residence was burglarized twice recently. The old neighborhood, lined with well-kept homes filled with residents with an active sense of community, has been the target of thieves and intruders –– the homeowners association met with the Fort Worth Police Department to address the issue.
Neighbors say the Berkeley Place neighborhood is a tightknit community. But lately homes have become the target of thieves. Neighbors say they received several alerts and emails, mostly recently, warning of people snooping around in the neighborhood.
"It kind of keeps you on alert, and keeps your eyes and ears open, " said Micah Mitchell, a resident.