A burglar's family wound up calling 911 early Monday, after a Dallas homeowner shot him.
The thief broke into a house in the 2700 block of Blyth Drive in Far East Dallas around 5 a.m. on Monday and attempted to steal tools from a shed in the backyard of the home.
During the theft, he triggered an alarm and the homeowner came outside and saw the suspect carrying a weed eater and an edger.
The homeowner told the suspect to stop, but the burglar decided to run. The suspect dropped the tools and jumped over the fence – but not before the homeowner shot him multiple times.
The suspect ran down the alley and back to his apartment about a mile away where his relatives called 911.
A family of five was home at the time, but no one was hurt inside the home.
The homeowner told FOX4 this is the third time in 14 years he's had to deal with burglars.
A neighbor across the street said multiple homes have been broken into throughout the neighborhood during the last six months, but some residents weren't happy with the way the homeowner handled the situation.
Ellen Childress, president of the area crime watch group, was concerned about the homeowner taking the law into his own hands.
"Even with a theft from a garage or shed, that's not a violent crime, it's theft. Yes, it's aggravating, it's annoying, it's even hurtful financially -- but it's not somebody trying to kill you," Childress said.
The homeowner said he didn't know if the thief had a gun and was simply protecting his family.
The burglar is under arrest, but remains hospitalized.
KDFW FOX 4
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