Resident shoots at person breaking into vehicle

A Greenwood resident confronted a would-be thief breaking into his vehicle and fired a shot at the person, police said.

Police tracked the suspect from the neighborhood at Worthsville Road and Interstate 65 just after midnight Wednesday but didn’t find him and aren’t sure if he was struck by a bullet. Area hospitals were notified to be on alert for a gunshot victim seeking treatment, police said.

The homeowner’s home security camera system recorded the incident.

The resident of the South Lake at The Reserve neighborhood called police at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday. He told officers that he saw a person entering his vehicle on Vista Way and confronted the suspect, who got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and reached for his waistband as if he was reaching for a weapon, a Greenwood police report said.

That prompted the homeowner to fire a shot from his handgun, police said. The suspect ran between houses.

Officers launched a search for the suspect based on his description and were able to watch a video on the homeowner’s cellphone. The clip showed the suspect in the vehicle, then showed the homeowner walk up to the window with a gun pointed inside while yelling not to move, police said.

Police didn’t find blood at the scene but could not say for sure whether the suspect was hit by the shot. A police dog tracked the suspect’s scent to nearby apartments, but he was not located.

Area hospitals were notified that a person with a gunshot wound may seek treatment, the report said.