AMARILLO -- On Christmas day at 4:20 a.m., Amarillo Police were sent to the 1400 block of Knight reference an auto burglary in progress.
While officers were on their way, they were advised that a homeowner had caught someone breaking into his vehicle and was holding them at gunpoint. Additional calls were advising police that the homeowner and the suspect were now fighting and that a shot had been fired and the suspect was running in an unknown direction.
When officers arrived, they secured the scene and talked to the homeowner who stated that he heard some noises outside by his truck and when he looked outside he noticed his interior light was on. The homeowner went to investigate carrying his pistol with him. Upon getting to his truck he observed the suspect was rummaging through the cab of his truck. The homeowner went and confronted the suspect, grabbing a hold of his hoodie and yelling for his son to call the police. The homeowner and the suspect then began to fight with each other. In the ensuing struggle the suspect grabbed the arm and pistol of the homeowner and the homeowner fired off one round towards the suspect, who then broke free of the grasp and took off running.
It was unknown at that time if the suspect was hit by the gunfire or not. While officers were still on scene conducting their investigation, a call was received from the 2400 block of Echo about a man trying to get into a residence claiming he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital. Officers went to this location and located the suspect with a gunshot wound to the chest area.
AMS was called and transported Terry Lee Richardson, 31, to a local hospital. The suspect was treated and released with minor injuries and subsequently arrested and booked into Potter County on a charge of Burglary of a Motor Vehicle.
This incident remains under investigation and there have been no other arrest.
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