One unlucky burglar got a shotgun blast while running away from a homeowner he had assaulted on Christmas morning.
A burglar wearing a ski mask who broke into a home in Anaheim Hills early Christmas morning was shot by the homeowner.
Police say the shooting happened at a home in the 900 block of Country Glen Way at around 3:30 a.m.
After exchanging gifts with his wife, Nathanael Blair says he went to move his truck. When he opened the door to his garage, he came face-to-face with a man in a ski mask.
“It was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in my life, you know, I mean I’ve never felt like I could die,” Blair said.
The suspected burglar swung a wrench at Blair, hitting him on the side of the face. A little bit dazed, Blair ran upstairs to lock his wife and 3-year-old daughter in a room.
Then, he grabbed his shotgun, chased the suspect on foot, and fired a single shot.
“I had my gun and he tried to round the corner, and I shot him, you know, in the back,” Blair said.
Despite the wound, the suspect ran off. Responding Anaheim police officers set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspect.
He was located shortly before 5 a.m. in a garage in the 1000 block of Country Glen Street. Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said the suspect, identified as Jeremy William Bell, 29, of Fullerton, suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries. He was being treated at a local hospital after suffering injuries to his back. The homeowner declined medical attention.
Looks like Jeremy Bell will be enjoying a stay at one of our lavish correctional facilities for being such a naughty boy.