October 20, 2012 in City

Resident fires back at armed intruder

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane police are seeking help identifying a gunman who wounded a man in a north Spokane shootout Thursday night after witnesses said he forced his way in through a sliding glass door.

Major Craig Meidl said most home invasions tend to be drug related, but officers found no indication of that with this case, in which a man in his 50s suffered three wounds.

Officers were dispatched just after 9 p.m. to an apartment complex near the intersection of Colton Street and Magnesium Road, Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

Witnesses told detectives a man armed with a gun and wearing a white hockey mask broke through a sliding glass door. Two teenagers were home during the invasion and yelled to their father, who was in another room.

The father, described as a man in his 50s, grabbed his own firearm and confronted the suspect.

Shots were exchanged between the two, and the suspect fled, according to DeRuwe. The resident suffered three gunshot wounds and is expected to recover from his injuries. The teens were not injured.

Police are still investigating and have not made an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Staff writer Nicole Hensley contributed to this report.

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