We called 911 after they ran out the back. And response time was still about an hour. And my sister's husband is a deputy. Trust me, it is a "thin blue line."
Although we thought someone MIGHT be in the house, the reality didn't set in until they ran. Back of our minds we thought(hoped?!) it was just a light left on. How many people out there really call the law for something like that? Not saying if it was right or wrong, just human nature to try to avoid embarrassment..
Yes, I would do things differently now. And in other situations I have found myself in, I remember this and other lessons I have learned. At the time though, checking the house beat laying in the grass for an hour waiting on the deputy.
And if I ever decide to do something like this again, I hope to have my 870 instead of a handgun.