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Homeowner fires handgun at intruder in West Fargo burglary attempt

There was another burglary attempt in West Fargo, this time taking on a little more dangerous slant, with the homeowner retrieving a handgun and firing one shot at the intruder.

West Fargo Police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning from a residence at 1139 38 ½ Ave. W. The family was home at the time and upon hearing noises found the intruder inside their residence.

When officers arrived, the homeowner reported that a male subject had been inside his home. The homeowner said that feeling his family was in imminent danger he initially yelled for his wife to call 911, while he retrieved his handgun and fired a shot in the direction of the intruder.

The suspect fled and has not yet been found. Local medical facilities were immediately notified and asked to be aware of anyone coming in suffering from a gunshot wound; however, police officials say from further investigation they do not believe the bullet struck the suspect.

According to West Fargo Police Detective Joe Birrenkott, the suspect is believed to have entered through an unlocked door.

The individual was described as being around 5'10" to 6 feet tall, in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and some sort of cap underneath the hood.

West Fargo Police Department officials are looking for any information anyone might have about a suspect matching the description, or being in the area of the 1100 block of 38 ½ Ave. W. within the past couple of days. Anyone with tip information is asked to call the Police Department at 701-433-5500.