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DECATUR – An 82-year-old woman thwarted a burglary attempt when she shot at a man after he kicked in her rear door and entered her near-northside home.

The woman, a resident of the 1900 block of North Edward Street, heard someone knocking on her door at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.

“She looked out and saw a male she didn't know,” said Decatur Police detective Lt. Shannon Gutierrez Seal. “She chose not to answer her door. She called the police as the person continued to knock on her door for about five mintues.”

As officers were dispatched to her home, she made no indication to the man outside that she was home.

“She retrieved her gun, a .38 special, and waited in her dining room so she'd be ready,” Seal said.

Several minutes later, the man kicked in the back door and entered the house.

“So she shot at him,” Seal said. “The bullet hit a window in her house, but there was no indication that she shot the suspect. When she went to check, he had fled the scene.”

Officers arrived on the scene a minute or two later. They found the woman in a frightened condition.

A search of the area by officers, including a K-9 unit, failed to turn up the suspect.

Police are still looking for the suspect. His description is not being released at this time.

Seal said that what the woman did to protect herself was legal.

“When she felt uneasy she was right in calling 911, calling the police, and taking measures to protect herself,” Seal said.

The woman had a valid Firearm Owner Identification card.

Seal said it is important for residents to realize they are not obligated to open their doors if they feel uneasy about an unknown person who might be on their property.

“Please call the police and ask us to check it out,” Seal said.

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