Peoria County, Illinois – A 68-year-old resident of Rittman called police to report that he had fired at an intruder who broke into his home Wednesday morning and said he thinks he knows who it was.
“I just shot an intruder in my house. I need a squad,” the homeowner said, adding that the suspect was his estranged stepson who’d broken into his home before.
The victim’s 28-year-old stepson ran from the house and may have been wearing shorts and a dark sweatshirt, but the homeowner said he couldn’t be sure.
“He took off. I don’t know where he is now. He went out the back,” he told the 911 operator.
Police searched the area but were unable to find the suspect, however they did find a bullet lying on the floor in the garage and a revolver inside the house, but it is unknown at this time if the stepson was struck by the gunfire.
Many times, in the case of problems with family members and domestic violence, many incidents go unreported. This ensures a lack of documentation to support any claims about past events that might help to support you in a situation like the one above.
If there is no record of past problems, it can lead to a ‘he said she said’ argument and you could end up on the wrong side of legal proceedings. Police reports might be the best way to go, but at the very least don’t keep it to yourself so that friends and other family members can collaborate your story if an estranged family member breaks into your home.
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