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Woman shoots burglar near Pawnee and Washington

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 8:21 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.

A woman home alone with her children shot a burglar at her south Wichita house late Monday night, police said.

The incident occurred just before midnight in the 2200 block of South Lulu, Lt. Doug Nolte said. That’s northeast of Pawnee and Washington.

Someone rang the front door bell twice, the 28-year-old woman told police.

“She wasn’t expecting anyone,” Nolte said.

She retrieved a gun and went downstairs, where she found a stranger in her living room.

“He stated something to the effect of ‘How are you?’ ” Nolte said.

She ordered him to leave, concerned for her safety and that of her two daughters, ages 8 and 2. The man left through the back door he had forced open, a police report stated, but then he stopped and forced his hand into his pocket.

Thinking he was reaching for a gun, the woman fired one shot, hitting him in the right shoulder.

“She was in fear of her life,” Sgt. Kelly O’Brien said.

The man took off, showing up a short time later via a friend’s vehicle at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph, Nolte said.

Police working the case were alerted to the gunshot victim at St. Joseph and took him into custody. Once the 19-year-old man was released from the hospital, O’Brien said, he was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

“On the surface, it does appear to be a situation of self-defense,” Nolte said.

The case remains under investigation.

It is the second instance in less than a month of a Wichita resident shooting a suspected burglar. A man shot a burglar on Sept. 27 at a house on Firefly near 13th and 135th Street West.

The man shot in that incident survived. The homeowner was not charged in the shooting, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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