Homeowner Shoots Prowler With Rubber Bullets
January 27, 2012, 3:30 pm
A prowler got more than he bargained for early this morning when he tried to break into a home in St. Johns. The homeowners noticed an open gate and things out of place last night, so the husband slept downstairs and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun.
He heard noise just before 4:00am and confronted a man at his back door trying to get inside, firing three rounds, hitting the suspect who rode off on a bicycle. Officers searched the neighborhood around North Seward and Willamette Boulevard, finding and arresting 54-year-old Oscar Taylor Jr. behind a church. He was treated for a wound and taken to jail, but has yet to be charged.
The homeowner bought the gun in 1970 and says he hadn't fired it in more than 40 years. He loads the shotgun with three rubber bullets followed by a lethal round. The weapon was seized for evidence, but authorities do not anticipate any criminal charges against the homeowners. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will review the case and present it to a Grand Jury.