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Homeowner shot burglar in the buttocks, police say

Brittany Costello
April 03, 2018 10:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A northeast Albuquerque homeowner's boyfriend came face to face with a man police say burglarized her home Thursday morning. During all that, the suspect was shot in the buttocks.


Police say 57-year-old Michael Dunn was discovered in that home around 9 a.m. The woman's boyfriend said during that confrontation, Dunn pulled a knife on him and tried to attack him. The boyfriend fired, hitting Dunn.

From the looks of it from the outside, no one was home. The homeowner has been looking to clean and sell it. But when she and her boyfriend dropped in to check on it, they discovered someone was already there.

There was a scuffle. The homeowner's boyfriend said he had the suspect trapped between a locked security door and the front door. In an attempt to escape, police say Dunn pulled out the knife.

"The guy pulled a knife on him and took a swipe at his face that homeowner decided to defend himself," Albuquerque Police Department Public Information Officer Simon Drobik said.

Carmen Valdo, the next door neighbor, said the loud voices stopped when she heard an even louder sound.

"About 9 this morning and I heard a bang while I was getting ready, but I didn't think anything of it," she said.

The homeowner's boyfriend said after the attack with a knife, he took out his gun and attempted to fire a warning shot. That warning shot ended up piercing Dunn's buttocks.

"We don't advocate shooting anybody, of course," Drobik said. "But in this circumstance, he was defending himself."

Dunn was taken to the hospital for those injuries. Police did discover items stolen from that house in Dunn's vehicle.

The homeowner's boyfriend is not facing any charges. Dunn is charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault.


Brittany Costello

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