Sumner County homeowner shoots burglar after confrontation in garage

by Stan Finger, Kansas.com  |  published on December 14, 2012

A noise woke Chris Streif’s neighbor early Wednesday morning, but when he spotted nothing out of place in his house in rural Sumner County he went back to bed.

When he heard another loud noise a short time later, he grabbed his .45 handgun and went to investigate.

He found a burglar in the attached garage in the 1000 block of East 149th Avenue North, about a mile east of the Kansas Turnpike’s Mulvane exit. The intruder was trying to steal his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

“He got it wedged between the car and the wall” in the garage, Streif said. “He was trying to break the wall,” and that’s what woke up the homeowner.

He pointed the gun at the burglar, ordered him to freeze and told his wife to call 911.

But the burglar wiggled out of the tight space, charged the home owner and punched him hard on the jaw.

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