CRANBERRY (KDKA) — Authorities in Butler County are looking for suspects following an attempted burglary at a home in Cranberry Township early this morning; and they say the homeowner may have shot one of the intruders.
According to police, officers were called to a home on Dutilh Road around 4 a.m. for a report of shots fired. The woman told emergency dispatchers that her boyfriend may have shot an intruder.
The unidentified man told police that he got a handgun to investigate after hearing noises outside his house shortly after 3:30 a.m. The homeowner said he fired two shots after one of the suspects broke into his house.
“A male opened the door that had previously been damaged in the first burglary. And the male began to enter the residence. At that time he fired the shots,” Cranberry Police Sergeant Chuck Mascellino said.
It’s not clear if the suspect was shot; but the man told officers that the intruder yelled to at least one other person before running off into some nearby woods.
Though police searched the area, they did not find the suspects.
The owner of the house just returned from vacation and filed a burglary report last night saying that someone had ransacked his home and stolen a handgun and some other items while he was away. Police say the suspects may have even been staying in the home.
“There were some indications they may have actually been squatting at the residence during the time that he was away,” Sergeant Mascellino said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cranberry Township police at 724-776-5180.