Homeowner Gets Into Shootout During Home Invasion

WINNETKA police warning

Winnetka, IL. Early Monday morning, a shootout occurred during an attempted car theft outside a home in Winnetka, a suburb north of Chicago and one of the wealthiest in the state.

There were three people involved. Some of them broke into his home office, stole keys, and attempted to take his Ferrari and Range Rover. One car was parked at the end of the driveway, but the other was behind a gate the group couldn’t open.

The homeowner rushed outside and warned the group to stop or he would shoot. One thief shot a gun, and the homeowner fired back seven times from behind a tree.

Two men fled the scene in a getaway car, while the third ran off. Police said they recovered over 30 shell casings from the scene.

WINNETKA home invasion

The three suspects are still on the run, but the Winnetka police gave out descriptions:

The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect 1: Possibly male. Unknown race. Wearing a black mask, dark hoodie, dark athletic pants, and athletic shoes.
Suspect 2: Possibly male. Unknown race. Wearing a black mask, white hoodie, and dark pants.
Suspect 3: Unknown sex/race. Believed to be driving 4-door silver Audi sedan.


The Winnetka police said, “The homeowner exchanged gunfire with one of the offenders. No one was injured in this exchange.”

For those who say, “You live in a safe neighborhood, why would you need a gun for your home?” This is a prime example, as it is among the wealthiest communities in Illinois and conveniently located away from any interstates for easy escape.


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Brian Armstrong grew up in a small farm town in rural Indiana and learned to shoot before he learned to drive. His career began in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a firefighter and a medic before moving to Chicago. Throughout the years, he has owned multiple businesses, from construction to technology. He is back to his emergency services roots -teaching emergency first aid and firearms courses, along with writing for numerous publications. He believes the best way to learn "HOW" to do something is first to answer "WHY" you do something. He is your average guy with views like yours. Now, he's sharing the knowledge he's gained from teaching, learning from others, and researching topics you don't have time to explore. His feeling about staying safe is "The best way to win a fight is not to get into a fight!" He is always looking for new ideas. If you have a topic, current news you would like covered, or a publication looking for content, please reach out and let him know. You can follow him @LetsTalkDGU and #LetsTalkDGU


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