Homeowner fires at armed intruder

An armed robber walked through an open patio door late Tuesday night demanding property from the homeowner, who was watching television, authorities said.

Moments later, he was running for his life.

The 64-year-old homeowner had pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and fired a shot at the intruder, Lt. Steve Kenney said.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the 600 block of North Brookfield, northeast of Central and Woodlawn. The homeowner had left the patio door open —"maybe for ventilation," Kenney said — and the suspect simply walked in.

Officers called to the scene found the bullet in a tree in the backyard.

The homeowner will not face charges in the incident, Kenney said.

"The law allows him to defend himself," Kenney said. "In this case, he was not only protecting his property, he was protecting himself. The man had a gun, and he was inside his residence."

Police have no reason to doubt the homeowner's account of events, he said.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who is described as a black man with a light complexion. He is about 6-feet-1 and 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and blue jeans.