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Old May 17, 2005, 10:07 PM   #2
chris in va
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A number of police cruisers were in the area at the time of the shooting because they were responding to the report of a burglary -- allegedly by the same man -- about three miles away, in the 14900 block of Eastway Drive in the Cloverly area of Silver Spring.

Baur said police have confirmed that the same man is the suspect in both burglaries. In the earlier burglary, the homeowner came home to find the man outside his house.


A Montgomery County police cruiser and crime scene tape block a driveway in the Norwood area of Silver Spring, where a homeowner shot a man who entered his house while the resident was sleeping. (By Robert A. Reeder -- The Washington Post)

The man told the homeowner that he was "looking for someone," Baur said. The homeowner entered, realized someone had been inside his house and called police, Baur said.

Neighborhood resident Dustin Owens, 27, was making breakfast about a mile away from the shooting scene when he heard four shots. Owens rushed outside because, as a former Marine, he said he knew the sound was gunfire and not a backfiring car or something else.

"I didn't know what was going on, because this isn't the type of area where you hear gunshots," said Owens, who lives about 20 yards from where the burglary suspect was taken into custody.

Owens said he walked up a slight hill between his house and Layhill Road and watched as several police officers drew their guns and shouted at the suspect to show his hands and lie down. A medevac helicopter soon arrived to take the man to the hospital.

The neighborhood, filled with two-story suburban ranches and some larger homes, is adjacent to the Northwest Park Golf Course, a 27-hole public golf course. It is generally "a quiet area" in terms of crime, Burnett said.

Staff researcher Bobbye Pratt contributed to this report
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