Burglar Shot By East Wichita Homeowner

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Wichita man shot another man breaking into his home early Saturday morning. The homeowner says the man is someone the entire neighborhood has had trouble with before.

Neighbors tell us the man knocks on doors there all the time, offering to do odd jobs for money. Early Saturday morning though, he broke into a home through the front door.

We first sat down to talk with Zorica Lietz Hogue because she was at home when her neighbor across the street shot a man who break into his house.

But our conversation quickly shifted to the safety concerns she has about her neighborhood.

"You can not walk in the street at night. It's scary, It's very scary I’m telling you,” Hogue said.

Hogue told us her home has been broken into, her belongings stolen, and she was even conned by a man who came to her door claiming to be her grandson.

So she wasn't surprised to hear the intruder shot across the street was someone who's known to go door to door in the neighborhood.

"Any people come in knocking to the door. You know you're afraid to open the door now,” Hogue said.

Hogue tells us she moved from Germany nearly 40 years ago. She loves living in the United States, but says she's tired of being scared in her own home. She thinks the solution is the neighborhood coming together to take care of each other.

"We need to have a neighborhood watch,” Hogue said.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

A burglar was greeted by a homeowner with a gun early this morning, and he paid the price for tying to get into the east Wichita home. It happened at around 3:30 a.m., just west of 1st and Hillside.

The homeowner told police that the burglar had taken several steps into his home when he fired the shot.

Wichita Police say the injured burglar showed up at a nearby gas station. He was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, and it appears his injuries are not life threatening.

An officer on scene says, “There's a lot of discretion, but if a homeowner feels that his life is threatened, then he has a right to protect himself.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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