Burglary suspect picks the wrong home for break-in attempt

Burglary suspect picks the wrong home for break-in attempt »Play Video

WARREN, Ore. - Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a suspect after a Warren, Oregon homeowner opened fire when he was awakened by an intruder trying to get into his house.

Warren is located along the Columbia River between Scappoose and St. Helens, Ore.

Deputies said the unidentified man opened fire at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and they do not know if the suspect was hit by the gunfire. The intruder fled the scene and no suspect information has been released.

Monday morning, deputies sent out a press release saying the homeowner is a federal law enforcement officer With the Federal Protective Service in Portland. His name was not released.

The federal officer also had two police dogs at his residence.

"I was surprised they picked that house to bother," said neighbor Tom Clason.

"I'm glad they picked a house where somebody was able to defend themselves rather than turning out badly for the innocent people," said Mike Loeks, who also lives nearby.

The federal officer's wife and two kids were also home at the time, investigators said. No one was hurt.