Updated: November 14, 2011 6:38PM
A rifle-wielding homeowner shot and wounded a burglar early Monday as the man scavenged through his backyard in the South Chicago neighborhood, according to police.
Responding to a call, police found the burglary suspect on the ground near 91st Street and Commercial Avenue. They followed a trail of blood back to the home where the burglary occurred, police said.
A resident in a home in the 3000 block of East 91st Street shot the man during a burglary, although it wasn’t immediately clear if the suspect took anything, police said.
The resident shot and wounded the man with a .22 caliber rifle after hearing noises coming from the back of the house, police said. Police said the burglar was in the backyard trying to steal scrap metal when the home’s alarm went off and alerted the homeowner.
Police are questioning the homeowner, who is not expected to face charges.
The suspect was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg and is listed in “stable” condition, police said. He had not been charged as of Monday morning.