Female home intruder shot in Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. – A suspected female intruder was shot by a homeowner on the 400 block of College Avenue in Boulder early Wednesday morning, according to police.

The home belongs to a married couple who told investigators they were awakened by a noise, which they initially thought was a raccoon, in the middle of the night.

“When the female homeowner realized that the noise was not a raccoon, but someone who had opened the door and entered the bedroom, both she and her husband shouted for the intruder to get out,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. “The male homeowner shouted that he had a gun and would use it if the intruder did not leave immediately.”

The couple told police the intruder, who was carrying a light, ignored their demands and continued walking through the bedroom.

“At that point, the husband fired one shot toward the light, and heard what sounded like something falling onto floor,” said Kobel.

When the husband turned on the light, they saw the intruder on the floor with a gunshot wound to her hip. The couple then called 911 at about 3:26 a.m.

Kobel said the intruder was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Apparently (the) young woman, possibly a student, said she was lost, according to the detective," says Tom Kellogg, who lives on the same block.

Boulder police say the incident may fall under the state's "Make My Day" law, but that decision ultimately, would be made by the Boulder District Attorney's Office.

No names have been released.

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