PORTLAND -- A Portland man said he fired his shotgun to scare away an intruder who sneaked into his home early Tuesday morning while his wife and baby were asleep.
Police were called just before 3:30 a.m. to the report of a burglary at a home in the 2100 block of Northeast 37th Avenue, according to Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Homeowner Read Williamson told responding officers he and his family had been sleeping when their dog woke them up. He said he couldn't call 911 for help, because the phones were downstairs, so did what he thought was the best at the time.
"I wasn't going down there... So I just shot a hole right in my floor. I don't know how smart that was, but in retrospect, they left real quick," Williamson said. "I'd do it again, I mean it was the loudest thing we had. It did work, he was gone, just like that."
The suspect apparently entered and escaped through an open first-floor window and did not get away with any property. "The homeowner told police that he then heard someone running out of the house and a vehicle speed away in an unknown direction," Simpson said.
The gunshot made a hole in the bedroom floor. Simpson said there was no evidence the burglar was wounded. Police searched the area soon after, but found no sign of the suspect.
Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau.
This was the third time in three days that a local homeowner took the law into their own hands.
A Vancouver man shot and killed an intruder that burst into his bedroom Saturday. Police said that suspect ripped down a fence, went through an unsecured door, and burst through a locked bedroom door before he was shot by the homeowner.
On Friday night, Oregon woman fired a shotgun inside her home during an alcohol-fueled argument over gun control. No one was injured but a neighbor's house was damaged.
Statistics indicate that stranger-to-stranger home invasions are rare. Police said they'd prefer if homeowners did not confront suspects. But, according to Lt. Robert King, with Portland police, "In the worst case, if you are in a survival situation, every single one of us has to do everything we can you know, to not be seriously injured or killed by someone that would break into our home."
KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report