- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A 72-year-old man, who was the victim of a recent burglary, immediately went for his handgun when he heard a commotion in his Las Vegas home early Monday morning.

“Several intruders, had gotten into the home, entered his bedroom and he fired at least one shot, and they fled,” Metro Police Officer Bill Cassell said, according to KLAS-TV.

When the police arrived at Dr. Joseph Piracci’s residence, they found one of the intruders was attempting to flee in a car. The suspect hit a patrol car and then attempted to escape on foot before police took him down.

A second suspect, described as a “Latin male,” was last seen on foot running into a residential neighborhood.

Officers found a third male dead from an apparent gunshot wound in Dr. Piracci’s backyard where a handgun was also found, KLAS reports.

The incident was the second time in three days that a resident in the Las Vegas Valley had grabbed a gun during an attempted burglary and fired at an intruder. Metro police said neither homeowner will face charges.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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