Police: Shots fired at apparent burglar in South Huntsville

Police: Shots fired at apparent burglar in South Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Huntsville police are investigating apparent burglary that happened around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Good Guys Garage on South Memorial Parkway between Meadowbrook Dr. and Mountain Gap Rd.

We spoke with the owner of Good Guys Garage, Reggie Pettway, he told us he was working late Monday night and into Tuesday morning. Around 4 a.m., he looked at his security cameras and saw a man stealing parts from one of his trucks behind the shop.

Pettway said he went outside and said, “Freeze, I’m calling the police.”

He said the suspect then ran, hid behind a truck and then stood up from behind the truck and pointed a flashlight at Pettway.

Pettway said he thought the suspect was also holding a gun and thought to himself,"It’s either he shoots me or I shoot him."

Pettway said he fired his shotgun at the suspect, the suspect then screamed and ran away. Pettway called Huntsville Police.

Investigators with Huntsville Police told us units in the area actually heard the gun shot and then got an exact location when Pettway called in.

After investigating where Pettway said he fired the shots, Huntsville Police said they concluded the suspect was not actually hit because they did not find any blood.

HPD set up a perimeter on Meadowbrook Dr. and Mountain Gap Rd., the streets on either side of Good Guys Garage.

Investigators told WAFF they had police dogs searching the area, but the dogs eventually lost the smell, prompting HPD to stop there search just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police said the suspect did leave a a backpack and a cellphone outside of Good Guys Garage.

Pettway said this is not the first time someone has tried to steal something from outside of his shop, he said the suspect could have even been a repeat offender.

No charges filed right now, police will continue to look for the suspect as they examine the cell phone and backpack for clues.

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