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Cops: Prowler shoots at car owner when caught mid-crime

A man was almost struck by gunfire after he confronted an intruder in the middle of burglarizing a car parked in his driveway in Joliet, police said.

About 2:45 a.m. Friday, officers responded to the 3300 block of Crazy Horse Drive to investigate a report of a gun attack, police said in a news release. The street is in a subdivision that is near the Woodruff Golf Course on Gougar Road.

Officers determined that the victim was alerted by his security system that there was motion detected in the driveway, police said. When the victim turned on the outside lights of the residence, he saw a man wearing a white hooded sweatshirt inside a vehicle parked in the driveway.

The victim went to confront man but the intruder ran toward an “awaiting dark-colored vehicle,” police said. The man fired several shots at the victim before getting into the vehicle and fleeing, police said.

The victim emerged unscathed, but his home was hit, police said.

“If you see someone burglarizing a vehicle, do not approach the person. It is not worth getting injured or risking your life,” Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner said in a statement. “The best and safest course of action is to immediately call the police and give a description of what the person is wearing and their last direction of travel. Items can be replaced, but people can’t. We don’t want our citizens to put themselves in dangerous situations.”

Police asked the public for assistance in identifying the gunman. Anyone with surveillance video of suspicious activity possibly related to the incident was encouraged to call detectives at 815-724-3020. Those with information can also contact Crime Stoppers of Will County at 800-323-6734 or online at crimestoppersofwillcounty.org.

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