Retired detective fires shots to stop attempted break-in

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Police said two burglars picked the wrong home when they kicked in the door to a house in the Geist area.

The homeowner is retired Marion County sheriff’s detective who put in 32 years with the department. When he heard someone trying to break in, the man grabbed his gun, firing off three rounds when the suspects entered his home.

It happened around 11 a.m in the 8700 block of Green Branch Lane. After the homeowner fired shots, both suspects ran away and left a car at the scene. Indianapolis Metropolitan police started pursuing the suspects and alerted law enforcement in neighboring communities.

Residents in a Fishers neighborhood called 911 when they saw two people running through backyards. Officers set up a perimeter and took both suspects into custody without incident near Red Tail Drive and Hawks Ridge Court.

It took about a little more than an hour to catch them. Police say the suspects are a minor and a man in his mid-20s. They were not shot, but one was bitten by a police K-9.

The homeowner and his wife both worked in law enforcement. They declined an on-camera interview with Fox 59 but were glad police were able to catch the suspects.

Teddy Bear Daycare in Fishers was placed on lockdown as a precaution due to the search for suspects. The lockdown has since been lifted. IMPD, Fishers police and Lawrence police were involved in the investigation.