A vacant home that has seen numerous break-ins over the years was the scene Wednesday morning of an intruder apparently being shot by the son of the homeowner.
One suspect was taken into custody shortly after the incident that happened a little before 5 a.m. at the house in the 1300 block of South Wichita, near Lincoln, Police Lt. Doug Nolte said. Authorities were still searching Wednesday evening for the suspect who may have been shot.
Terry Hunsinger, a neighbor, said the house has been vacant for about eight years and has been broken into six or seven times over that period. The owner had recently installed an alarm system, he said.
The homeowner received an intruder alert, Nolte said. He said he didn’t know if the man received the alert on his cellphone or by other means.
Lisa Stock, Hunsinger’s wife, said the 36-year-old son of the homeowner responded to the alert. She said she saw the son park his pickup a few houses down the street and walk to the house.
“Then I heard what I thought was shots,” she said.
According to police, the son entered the house and found two men inside. They apparently had entered through the window. The man told police one of the intruders confronted him with a knife, so he fired at least two shots at the suspects from inside his house.
Both suspects fled out the front door, Nolte said.
The man told police he thought he hit one of the suspects with at least one shot. A bloody shirt was found at the scene, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.
“You certainly have a right to protect yourself,” Nolte said, “and that’s what in this case it appears the homeowner was doing.”
One suspect was arrested while he was on the railroad tracks that run about 20 feet north of the house at the end of the dead-end street. Police were checking with hospitals for a gunshot victim.
Another neighbor, who didn’t want his named used, said his house was broken into last year, prompting him to purchase a security system.
The neighbor said he and his wife were up at the time of the incident.
“We thought it was fireworks at first,” he said.
Sedgwick County records show the father owns the house and the son owns the house next door. Both houses are vacant, Hunsinger said.
Stock said that for a while, the homeowner was parking a car in the drive to make the house look occupied, but she said that hadn’t happened for a while.