A North Carolina mother found herself in the middle of a shootout after arming herself with a gun to confront a suspected burglar who allegedly brought his own firearm to break into her home, police said.
The 31-year-old woman and her 10-year-old son were asleep when she was awakened by a sound coming from their kitchen in the back of their home about 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Burlington Police said.
The woman grabbed her pistol, went to inspect the noise and came face to face with an armed intruder, cops said.
The suspected burglar allegedly used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot at the homeowner, officials said.
But the homeowner was able to return fire, and the suspect retreated back through the kitchen window he apparently used to get into the house, police said.
Police said the suspected burglar was a man in his early to mid-20s, was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and he was last seen running away on foot down Everett Street toward Fix Street.
Neither the woman, nor her son, were injured during the incident.
It was not clear if the suspect was injured, cops said.
“The victim will not be facing any charges,” Burlington Police said.
Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call the Burlington Police at 336-229-3500. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100, or text 8398 to 274637. A cash reward may be available.