Resident brandishes shotgun, scares off home invaders

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | 6:18 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — An attempted robbery was foiled Tuesday morning when one of the residents grabbed a loaded shotgun and alarmed the suspects.

According to Columbia police, the residents and at least one guest at a home on North Cedar Lake Drive were sleeping when three men broke in by kicking the front door open. At least one of the suspects was carrying a shotgun.

After the three men entered, they began searching the place. According to police, while they were inside, one of the residents brandished a pistol-grip shotgun and loaded a round. The action scared the suspects, who immediately fled.

Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said the suspects ran south from the home, and one fired multiple shots toward the residence while he was fleeing.

No one was injured, and the victims recovered all of the items the suspects had taken. Stroer said the investigation is ongoing.

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