Crime

Independence homeowner shoots intruder

An Independence homeowner shot and injured an intruder who broke into a home early Wednesday.

At about 4 a.m., a man forced his way through the front door of a home in the 1300 block of South McHenry Street in eastern Independence.

“At some point there was a confrontation between him and the homeowner,” said Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry. “The homeowner had a weapon and shot the intruder.”

The intruder fled and collapsed nearby, Gentry said, before a neighbor took him to a hospital. By the time police were notified, Gentry said, the suspect already was at a hospital. Police deployed officers to both the hospital and the home.

Police have not released the intruder’s name and his condition is unknown, Gentry said. Multiple shots were fired, but it’s unclear whether the intruder had a gun, Gentry said. The homeowner, who appeared to be alone in the house, was not injured.

| Brian Burnes, bburnes@kcstar.com

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