in Burglary Scuffle
By Steve Shoup
Journal Staff Writer
Friday, September 15, 2000
A homeowner surprised a suspected burglar in
the Northeast Heights on Thursday, and the suspect was shot twice during a
struggle with the homeowner, the Albuquerque Police Department reported.
Neither the name of the suspect nor the
homeowner was released Thursday.
The suspect, believed to be in his 20s,
underwent surgery at University of New Mexico Hospital. He was in serious
condition late Thursday night, hospital spokesman Don Butterfield said.
The incident began about 1 p.m. in the 800
block of Madeira NE, said APD Lt. Bob Huntsman. The homeowner had gone out to
shop for a holster for a handgun, and when he came home, he found the front door
open and some valuables piled nearby. He went into the home and saw a stranger
in one room taking apart a computer.
The homeowner went back outside and got a
revolver from his truck, Huntsman said. He went back inside and confronted the
suspect at gunpoint.
The suspect said he surrendered, but he
suddenly lunged at the homeowner, Huntsman said. During the struggle, the
revolver fired, and the suspect was hit in the face with small pellets, Huntsman
The suspect apologized and again surrendered,
Huntsman said. The homeowner tried to call police but the suspect again
attacked. The gun fired again during the struggle and pellets hit the suspect in
the left shoulder.
The suspect ran off and collapsed in a yard
about a block away in the 800 block of Ortiz NE. Officers found rare coins in
his pockets that had apparently been taken from the homeowner, Huntsman said.
Martin Jones lives near the homeowner.
"He's a good guy," Jones said.
"He's a big, husky guy."
Jones said he supported the shooting.
"I would, too, if they broke in on
me," Jones said.
Huntsman said police were investigating the
shooting, and an assistant district attorney was on the scene to review the
Huntsman wouldn't say whether the shooting was
justified but said state law allows use of deadly force in defense of one's
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