BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Bedford Heights police Detective Kenneth Hatcher said a homeowner shot a man with a 45 caliber handgun who broke into his house on Mardale Avenue around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
It all began, detectives said, when the burglar tried unsuccessfully breaking into a neighbor's house. A man next door heard commotion and looked out his window to see what was going on and called 911. That's when detectives said the burglar smashed some flower pots then smashed his way through a front window in the 5300 block of Mardale Avenue and crawled in.
The homeowner can be heard on the 911 call telling the burglar to leave and get out of his house or he'll "blow his head off." The suspect wouldn't listen and instead began rummaging through a drawer and grabbed a knife, police said. Fearing for his life, the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot the suspect once in the torso.
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The 25 year old homeowner was not injured and will not be charged because he was protecting himself and his home police said,
The suspect was taken to Metro Health Medical Center for treatment of a single gunshot wound to his stomach.
Authorities expect the suspect to be charged with aggravated burglary and attempted murder.
Police said the suspect has a history of mental illness and has been in trouble with police in the past including a harassment complaint against him at the neighbor's house a couple of years ago.