WATAUGA - Watauga police are investigating an early-morning break-in that sent the alleged 16-year-old intruder to the hospital with a critical gunshot wound to the chest.

The homeowner said he shot the intruder in self defense.

Police are also searching for a second intruder, who escaped after the shooting inside a home in the 6200 block of Melinda Court.

The homeowner said the sound of someone breaking down a door woke him up just after 2:30 a.m. He then found an intruder inside his son's bedroom holding a gun to his son's head and demanding money, he said.

Police said the homeowner went back to his bedroom, got a rifle and told the intruder to drop his gun. Instead, the intruder allegedly turned and pointed the gun at the homeowner, which was when the homeowner shot the intruder in the chest area.

The injured intruder was rushed to the hospital by air ambulance in critical condition. Police said he may face charges for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The homeowner told police a second intruder came out from hiding in the bedroom and escaped after the shooting, running right past the homeowner as he was trying to reload his rifle.

The homeowner told police he and his son didn't recognize the intruders. Police said the incident is under investigation.

The homeowner faces no charges at this time.


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