Resident Shoots Home Invader In Englewood

UPDATED 10/13/11 12:44 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — A city worker shot and wounded one of two men who broke into his Englewood neighborhood house Thursday morning, police said.

Perry Pearce, 53, who neighbors said works for the city Department of Water Management, was jumped as he walked to his truck at the rear of his house in the 5700 block of South Ada shortly before 7 a.m., the Sun-Times Media Wire reported. His attackers forced him into the home at gunpoint, but he managed to wrestle the gun from one of them and shot him in the abdomen, a witness told the wire.

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A shaken Pearce came out onto his stoop to a round of applause and cries of “hero” from his neighbors later Thursday morning, the wire reproted.

Pearce said he was going to his truck to go to work, when the men jumped him.

“They cut a hole in the fence and stuck me up,” he told the Sun-Times. “One had a .38 and the other had a 9 mm.

“They held me on the ground, outside for 20 minutes with a gun in my face and knocked me in the face with the gun,” he added, pointing to a bruise and cut on the top of his head.

Pearce said he was tied up by the robbers, but as he was recounting the story to the wire, a detective pulled him back into the house.

Both burglars ran from the rear of the home. But the man who had collapsed a couple of blocks away and was taken to hospital, police told the wire.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a graze wound to the head, and was being treated at Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

Mike, who lives next door, said the shots woke him up.

“I heard two shots, and I didn’t really think nothing of it,” he said.

Another neighbor and friend of the homeowner, Barbara, says she is just glad he is OK.

“That’s a 10-4,” she said. “It’s a shame, though.”

The man’s house is wired with surveillance cameras, and he has a large Rottweiler.

As of midday Thursday, no arrests had been announced, and the second suspect remained at large.

  • Jim

    Wish the 2nd guy was shot too, but anyhow…Hero’s Award to the resident!!

  • Linda

    “or wheather they did anything other than break in”, what a stupid statement for this reporter to make. Doesn’t this reporter think that breaking into someones private home reason enough. What the heck is wrong with these idiots who think they can do anything they want to do to anybody ???

  • Just Axin

    Ya! A true hero!

  • Border Agent 69

    Great Job but then down fall is our F’ed up system will probably bring charges up on him and he will be sued……….

    • Mark

      That would be a major injustice. No jury anywhere is going to dismiss his second amendment rights. Also, a frivilous law suit like that should NEVER even be considered by a court. I hope you’re wrong.

  • Gabba Gabba

    I would go to the hospital where the thief is and beat the hell out of him still. He needs to suffer more.

  • Karen

    Good for him! Sorry he didn’t shoot the other one! It is a dang shame that you have to go through such lengths to protect your property.

    • Lyndia

      That’s just how it is on the South Side Karen. I’m sorry that it is that way.

  • 77blkbrd

    I have the right to shoot you dead if I feel threatened I my own house after that the cop should have no question or remark his job is to put that p.o.s in a garbage bag and dump him in the garbage behind to be picked up in the morning

  • Jerry Frey
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