Homeowner Fires Shots at Burglar, Police Say

Have you seen this man? Gulfport Police need your help.

Gulfport Police responded to a home in the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club around 12 p.m. on Friday in reference to a burglary and shots fired.

A homeowner stated his 11-year-old daughter was home that morning when a man broke a back window to try and get in. The surveillance video showed the man knocking at the front door before walking to the back of the house.

The girl called her father who worked only a few miles away. The man came home, armed himself and then saw the suspect running from his house. The man got in a vehicle and followed the suspect to the golf course and drove onto the golf course when the suspect ran onto the course.

That's when, officials say, the suspect turned and pointed a gun at the man. The homeowner fired several shots at the suspect who, in turn, ran from the golf course. Officials do not believe the suspect was hit.

Gulfport Police are looking for the suspect who is described as wearing

  • black shorts
  • black and white Puma shoes
  • a black polo with a grey long sleeve shirt underneath
  • black hat
  • black sun glasses
  • wearing a necklace
  • black watch

Police have not released height, weight or the race of the suspect. However, they have released video surveillance.

Officials learned after responding to this burglary that three other homes were burglarized in the same area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gulfport Police Department at (727) 893-1030. Please ask to speak to the on-duty supervisor if you call during the weekend.

Lynda November 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Rob, you are the expert on video! Thanks for the update on what to look for. I am still interested in an idea you had for cameras for Gulfport. Glad to read you are ready to implement. Thanks again.
Rob Fowler November 20, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Thanks Lynda! I may run an ad in the Gabber next week. I've been researching the best possible video surveillance solutions for our community a few months now. The idea is that the more of us with the same system, the better we and the GPD will benefit by knowing how to get the most out of it quickly and effectively. I'll support the systems and offer to help get needed clips for anyone who buys from 007 Computer for free. Ideally nobody will ever need to give a video clip to the police, but if the need does come up, it will be nice to do so. The main goal is to discourage crooks from committing a crime anywhere near our homes or businesses in the first place.
Bill Church November 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Deterents are the best way! A while back the antigun people wanted a list of all gunowners to be published for public consumption - no one knows why? But once someone explained to them that the criminals would love such a list since then they would know who to and not to burglerize they decided to drop the idea. As in Switzerland I think gun ownership and proficiency training should be mandatory. Check out their crime and murder rate. There is a deterent program!!!
Cherlene Willis November 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Hello everyone! I got a call back from the GPD about the suspect's description. The suspect is in his early 20's, about 6"1' tall with a slim, thin build. He's white and weighs about 170 to 190 lbs.
Juju Stevens November 22, 2012 at 03:26 PM
One of the other things illustrated by the video is why are you putting in overhead camera ? It's not like a bald spot or ball cap is particularly identifiable. Put them so that they focus on the area where an average height human would be. Rob certainly knows more about this than I do, but that would seem to be common sense.


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