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News Release

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Burglary Suspect Shot by Homeowner NR12059kr

Los Angeles:  A Los Angeles homeowner shot and critically wounded one of two burglars attempting to break into his home Tuesday night.

On January 31, 2012, at around 9 p.m., an 87-year-old homeowner found two men attempting to break into the rear of his residence in the 5300 block of Rodeo Road.  In fear for his life, the homeowner armed himself with a handgun and fired at the burglars.  One suspect was shot and critically wounded.  The second suspect ran from the location and is still at large.

Detectives are still searching for the second suspect, who is facing felony burglary charges.  The homeowner who was acting in self-defense is not expected to be charged with any crime.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Criminal Gang Homicide Division, Detective Mike Applegate at 213-485-4341.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.