Armed Burglar Meets Armed Homeowner

FENTON, Mo. (AP) A 24-year-old man is facing charges and recovering from a bullet wound to the leg after a home break-in near St. Louis.

Authorities say a 59-year-old Jefferson County resident was awakened at 2 a.m. Tuesday to find a burglar with a handgun in his home. The homeowner pulled out his own gun and fired two shots. The burglar ran away.

Authorities say Richard Bates showed up later at a hospital. He was treated for the leg injury then taken to jail and charged with burglary and two gun charges.
Bates is jailed on $75,000 bond and does not yet have a listed attorney.

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