Home Invasion: St. Louis Man Stops Drunk Intruder By Shooting Him in Leg, Police Say

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Another day, another attempted intrusion in a St. Louis home thwarted by gunshots.

This time the intruder survived -- and was reportedly being very intoxicated.

Last month, police said that a 53-year-old woman fired a single shot at three men in hoodies who had broken into her St. Louis home; they ran out. A week before that, a resident near Gravois Park fired shots at two young burglars; one of them died and the other is now facing murder charges.

A Tower Grove South break-in last night similarly ended in gunfire.

Police say that the attempted burglary happened at around 1 a.m. this morning in a home on the 4000 block of Humphrey Street with three residents inside at the time. A 19-year-old female resident woke up and told her 47-year-old father that she heard someone trying to get in through the front door.

When the man opened his front door, the suspect, a 32-year-old male, came toward him, police say.

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So the resident fired a shot at him with his handgun, prompting the suspect to flee east. He was arrested one block away -- and sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was listed in serious, but stable condition.

The Post-Dispatch reports that he was "clearly intoxicated."

The paper says it's not known at this time whether he was actually trying to rob the house -- or if maybe he thought he was home.

This is the third case in less than a month of a St. Louis resident taking advantage of the Missouri law that allows individuals to use deadly force on intruders in their home.

Here's the full incident report.

Incident: Attempt Burglary 1st (Shooting)
Location: 4000 block of Humphrey
Dates/Time: 3/13/13 @ 24:50- :05
Victim#1: 47-year old black male
Victim #2: 45-year old black female
Victim #3: 19-year old black female
Suspect: 32-year old white male

Victim #1 was upstairs when Victim #3 awakened him and reported hearing someone attempt to gain access through the front door. Victim #1 opened the door and when the suspect advanced towards him, Victim #1 fired a shot at him with his handgun. The suspect fled east and officers arrested him in the 3900 block of Humphrey. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was conveyed to a local hospital listed in serious/stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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