Woman shoots intruder in home

Police will be going door to door in a Bargersville neighborhood this weekend, looking for any information after a woman shot at an intruder in her home.

Multiple officers rushed to the Harvest Grove neighborhood, off State Road 135, north of Whiteland Road, about 12:30 a.m. Friday. A resident on Harvest Grove Lane called police after his neighbor pounded on his door asking for help, saying she had shot at an intruder in her home, according to the Bargersville police report.

The woman told police she was letting her dog outside overnight when she saw a man wearing a ski mask and a grey jacket walking toward her. As he got closer, she told the man to stop, but he didn’t, and she ran inside her home, the report said.

She told police the man followed her inside and threw her against a wall in the living room. When police searched the home, they found a fan, table and lamp had been knocked over in the living room, the report said.

The woman, who had been home alone, got away and ran to the bedroom to get her husband’s gun, and the man followed her. He got on top of her on the bed and was grabbing at her while she fought against him.

She then grabbed the gun, and the man jumped off the bed and ran. She fired two shots at him, and he ran out of the home. She dropped the gun on the bed and ran to the neighbor’s home for help, the report said. Police could smell gun powder in the bedroom, indicating a gun had been fired, the report said.

The woman told police the man had struck her in the face. Her shirt was also torn. She was taken to be checked out at Community Hospital South. She was not physically injured, Bargersville police detective Steve Byerly said.

Officers searched the home and did not find anyone inside, the report said.

Police do not believe any of the bullets struck the man, Byerly said. But they have still asked nearby hospitals to notify them of any patients being treated for gunshot wounds, he said.

Investigators also collected evidence to be tested for DNA, he said.

Police do not have any leads right now, he said. An officer was patrolling in the neighborhood at the time of the incident, and did not see anything suspicious, Byerly said. A police dog was unable to pick up a scent, he said.

Bargersville police have two detectives working the case, Byerly said.

They plan to canvass the neighborhood this weekend, and re-interview the woman for any more information she can remember after having time to calm down, he said.

Anyone with information, such as if they saw someone suspicious in the neighborhood on Thursday night, is asked to call 317-557-1402.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.