Burglar shot by homeowner after attempting to steal yard tools from garage
Online Staff Report
At approximately 12:20 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, Winnebago County sheriff’s police deputies responded to the 2900 block of Edna in reference to a burglary and shooting.
Upon arrival, they learned a resident was alerted by an alarm system of a burglary to an unattached garage on his property.
The homeowner obtained a handgun and went outside and learned his garage had been broken into and property taken. He confronted two suspects on his property, one of whom ran from the scene.
The second suspect ran to a van parked in the street and attempted to flee. The homeowner struggled with him as he attempted to drive away recklessly. The homeowner fired several rounds from his handgun, and the suspect drove off, striking a boat across from the residence. However, the suspect was able to get away.
Approximately two hours later, it was learned a shooting victim had shown up at a hospital in Rochelle, Ill., and was transferred to a Rockford hospital by helicopter.
Detectives learned this man had a gunshot wound to the stomach. He has been identified as Nathan Brown, 31, of Rockford.
A second person was taken into custody later in the morning. He is identified as Matthew Roman, 23, of Rockford.
The investigation has been reviewed with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and a charge of burglary was authorized on both men.
The homeowner has a valid Illinois Firearms Owner’s Identification Card. No charges were filed against him.
Items taken from the garage consisted of yard tools.
Posted Aug. 23, 2012
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