Home invasion ends with burglar being treated for gunshot wounds
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BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -
Buena Vista Township Police said a 48-year-old Saginaw man is being treated for gunshot wounds sustained in an early Sunday morning confrontation during a robbery attempt.
Officers were dispatched to 2600 N. Outer just after 4 a.m. for a report of a burglary attempt in-progress.
The caller identified himself as the 49-year-old grandson and caregiver of the 98-year-old homeowner and told authorities he had an armed confrontation with the man who he believed had returned for a second time after burglarizing the residence a few hours prior.
Buena Vista Police said they had taken a burglary complaint earlier that night when the elderly woman was home alone. Police said thieves forced the back door of the home and stole a laptop computer and an ATV from the garage. The computer was equipped with an active real-time software application that was being used by the grandson to monitor the woman's well being in his absence.
After seeing online that the monitor had been disconnected, the caregiver went to check on his grandmother and discovered the burglary. Authorities said the woman, who cannot hear or see very well, was most likely unaware of the break in.
Police said the grandson chose to stay with her that night and told police he retrieved a rifle for security. At 4 a.m. he stated had a loud knock at the back door, a brief pause, followed by a dramatic forced entry from an intruder though the side door of the home.
The man told police he picked up his rifle and took a shot at the intruder but missed. The man said he looked out and saw a car in the driveway occupied by a female in the passenger seat. He stated that while attempting to get the license plate number, the driver, who was also the suspected intruder, attempted to hit him with the car, so he fired more shots.
Police said the suspect, who was struck this time, managed to get away and drove to an area hospital.
Investigators tell WNEM.com that the suspect is a fugitive parole absconder.
The incident remains under investigation and police are having the incident reviewed by the Saginaw County prosecutor.
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