Bridgeport, WA — A Douglas County man who was watching a home for a friend shot at an intruder in the home as he fled but missed, authorities said.

The man arrived at the house, southeast of Bridgeport, to find the door open and burglars inside, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

The home is in the 3400 block of Highway 172, about one mile west of Sims Corner.

Gjesdal said the man saw a suspect dressed in black and wearing a ski mask, and went to his pickup to retrieve a 9 mm pistol, he said.

When he returned he heard glass breaking and believes he saw the man in black with something in his hand as he fled, the sheriff said. The man told police he fired twice, but missed.

When deputies arrived, they searched the home and found a 20-year-old Bridgeport man hiding in the bathroom. He had injuries from a saw he pulled on top of himself when the other suspect fled, he said. He was treated by an ambulance crew, the sheriff said.

Deputies used dogs and night-vision optics to search the area, but were unable to locate the man who fled.

Gjesdal said an investigation led to two other Bridgeport males, one 20 and one 17, who were also arrested as suspects in the burglary.

Authorities have identified a 23-year-old Bridgeport man they believe to be the man who fled, and they are searching for him, the sheriff said.

He said there’s nothing to suggest the man who fired acted inappropriately.

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Source: Wenatcheeworld

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