A man roused from his sleep by an intruder hid in a bathroom and called police before confronting the intruder and shooting him in his home in west Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon, police said.
The wounded intruder was able to make his way to the resident’s backyard, where he collapsed on the homeowner’s lawn, Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said.
The suspected intruder was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition, but he was expected to survive, Drobik said.
No identities were being released. A neighbor said the resident appeared to be middle-aged.
Police were also looking for a woman, who is wanted for questioning as a “person of interest,”, Drobik said.
The woman was seen by the homeowner waiting in a truck outside the home in the 9500 block of Sundoro Place NW, in a neighborhood near Ladera and Unser NW.
The homeowner told police he was asleep around noon when he heard noises from someone coming into the house through a back door. The resident told police he went in a bathroom and called 911.
The resident said he then confronted the intruder and fired two shots at him with a handgun. It’s unclear how many times the intruder was hit, Drobik said.
The homeowner was “shaken up and stressed,” but not injured, APD Sgt. Trish Hoffman said at the scene.
The resident was being interviewed by investigators, and had not been charged with a crime, Drobik said.
Police said a man in his home shot a would-be burglar after he broke into the man’s house on the 9500 block of Sundoro Place NW.
The man shot is in critical condition, police said, and detectives are questioning the resident. A neighbor told a Journal photographer that the home is a rental property.
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Police are responding to a reported shooting in the 9500 block of Sundoro Place NW, according to APD spokesman Simon Drobik.
Drobik said he would have more information after he speaks with a supervisor at the shooting, reported at about 1:45 p.m.