INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An intruder was shot during a home invasion on the city’s near northwest side early Thursday morning, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
Initially police got a call from a woman who said a man outside her home was screaming for help saying that he had been shot. That scene was in the 900 block of West 33rd Street, near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. When police arrived they found a man who had been shot in the leg. He was conscious and taken by ambulance to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital.
As police began to investigate, they learned the shooting took place nearby at a home in the 900 block of West 34th Street. A homeowner at that location told police they confronted a man who was trying to break into their home.
The resident, Howard Murphy, said he hid in his pantry and came out when the intruder was inside the kitchen. There was a scuffle, followed by the gunshot.
“If I can work for what’s mine, then people like that can work for what’s theirs,” Murphy told 24-Hour News 8 Reporter Jessica Smith. “I feel bad about what happened, but in the same token my life was in danger in the kitchen.”
The homeowner had minor injuries he said he suffered in the scuffle. He was checked out by medics at the scene and is reported to be OK.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident as a case of home invasion with the intruder being shot by the homeowner.