BOISE - A Boise homeowner is lucky to be alive after he was shot early Sunday morning while chasing down a man who had just burglarized his home.
Dan McBride tells KTVB that he and his wife were asleep in their home near 27th Street and Regan Avenue when, at about 7 a.m., they heard a noise in their living room. Thinking it was their roommate, McBride's wife got up to check. Instead of finding the roommate, she found a stranger stealing valuables.
"It was a guy loading her purse up with our wallets and phones and all kinds of things," McBride said. "And she screamed at the time. And I got out of bed as fast as I could. He went out the door and went around the corner here and I just followed him around the corner."
McBride chased the man for about a block to the intersection of 27th and Stewart. That's when the suspect pulled out a gun and tried to shoot him, but the gun misfired.
"He shot at me and the gun clicked. And he shot at me again and the gun clicked," McBride explained. "At that point I tackled him. I got the purse. And we struggled a little bit."
As McBride got up and began to walk away, the the burglar shot him from behind, then took off.
With a gunshot wound to his shoulder, McBride returned home and met with police before he was taken to the hospital. He was told the bullet would have to stay in his shoulder, because it was too close to a nerve to operate on.
Officers, including a K-9, searched the area, but the suspect was not found.
McBride said it all happened so quickly, he didn't have time to think the possible consequences of chasing down the burglar.
"I wasn't thinking 'go get the gun,' I wasn't thinking 'beat the heck out of the guy,'" he said. "I just thought 'get my belongings back.'"
The burglar is described as a white man, approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall, and weighing 170 pounds. He had blondish-brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a black t-shirt, jeans, and a black tactical-style backpack.
Late Sunday afternoon, police released surveillance photos of a person of interest in the shooting. Investigators noted that the pictures are from a night vision camera, and the colors are reversed. The man's hat and shirt appear to be light-colored, but are actually dark-colored in normal lighting.
Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to call dispatch at (208) 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at (208) 343-COPS.