A Kansas City homeowner shot a suspected thief in the leg Wednesday night after the thief reportedly punched him in the face.
The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. in the 6000 block of Brooklyn Avenue. Police reports gave this account:
The homeowner told police a neighbor rang his doorbell to tell him that a thief apparently was stealing pathway lights and outdoor furniture from two neighbors. The thief reportedly was placing the stolen items next to the homeowner’s house. The homeowner went inside and watched to see if the thief would return for the items.
A man appeared from behind a wall and started walking toward the house. The homeowner went outside and told the man to “get the (expletive) out of my yard!”
The man said, “I ain’t stole nothin’” then punched the homeowner. Afraid for his safety, the homeowner fired at the man, wounding him in the leg.
When officers arrived, they found the 36-year-old homeowner standing in the driveway holding a holstered semi-automatic handgun. The 27-year-old alleged thief lay next to him.
A neighbor told police he saw the alleged thief hit the homeowner before the homeowner fired. The suspect told police he was walking to get some food when the homeowner told him to get off his property.