IL Homeowner Shoots 1 of 2 Intruders Using His .357 Magnum

August 24 2012
by GSL Staff
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According to Rockdale Police, an IL homeowner, Gerrod Walker, woke up a little after midnight when he heard his burglar alarm going off. The homeowner determined that someone might be in his garage, armed himself with a flashlight and his .357 magnum revolver and went to investigate.

When Walker went to open the garage door he saw two men standing there. He fired a warning shot, but both men kept moving. One of the men ran towards a parked minivan in the driveway and as he entered the van Walker caught him. A struggle ensued and during the struggle the suspect was shot at point blank range. Despite his wound the suspect managed to get away and make it to an area hospital where the shooting was reported to police.

Walker says in response to why he chased down the suspect, “It all happened so fast … I get asked that a lot. I didn’t know if he was going to grab a gun and shoot me. I just wanted to secure him and make sure he didn’t go anywhere.”

The second suspect was caught by police a short time later. The suspect who was shot is expected to survive.

Police say Walker is a legal gun owner and will not face any charges in the incident.

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