Mansfield News-Mirror

Search is on for armed burglar who fired at Mansfield homeowner

Police were searching Wednesday for an armed car burglar who opened fire on a homeowner near Oliver Nature Park.

The homeowner, who also was armed, was not injured in the shooting Tuesday morning.

Officers, who arrived within minutes of the shooting, later used drones, a K-9 unit and a helicopter, but they were unable to find the suspect.

The homeowner responded to a home security alarm about 5 a.m. Tuesday and went outside to check on his vehicles in the driveway.

"He encountered a burglar that was armed," police Sgt. Bill Yale said in an email.

Mark Hayes told NBC 5 news that the burglar was in his pickup.

"I screamed at him, 'Hey, I caught you. Get out of my truck,' " Hayes told NBC 5.

Hayes' surveillance camera showed the brief encounter.

"Freeze! Right there buddy! I'm telling you stop!" Hayes yelled.

The burglar ran to a nearby yard where he pulled out a pistol and fired.

Hayes ducked behind his car.

Hayes told the television station he never shot back because he was worried he would hit a neighbor's home.

The suspect fired several shots and then fled on foot.

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An armed burglar opened fire on a Mansfield homeowner Tuesday morning near Oliver Nature Park. Courtesy: Google Maps

Police went house to house and yard to yard for almost five hours before ending the search.

Police described the suspect as wearing a striped, hooded jacket and carrying a backpack

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr