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Longmont Police Say Violent Intruder Wore Painting Suit

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An image of a painting suit similar to the one worn by the suspect. (credit: CBS)

An image of a painting suit similar to the one worn by the suspect. (credit: CBS)

LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in Longmont have been calling local painting companies as part of an investigation into a burglary and shooting.

Police left the home in the southwest part of Longmont home on Wednesday with bags of evidence after the homeowner was shot with his own gun.

Police say the man was playing with his dog in a nearby park when he returned to his home on the 4600 block of Portofino Drive to find a stranger inside.

“He entered his house, tackled the person, at that point he discovered the suspect had armed himself with one of his handguns,” said Longmont police spokesman Jeff Satur.

The homeowner was shot in the leg.

“He’s got a through-and-through wound to his thigh,” Satur said.

While the thief was able to escape, police say the suspect was dressed in a painter’s outfit and may have been working with a painting company in the neighborhood.

“It’s somebody that’s familiar with this location, has done work in this area before or is working in this area right now,” Satur said.

Police are following up leads with several companies, and Satur said they have the following suspect description:

“We are looking for a suspect that is dressed in painter’s clothing, he had white pants a white jacket or white shirt with a hoodie, either a black baseball cap turned around backwards or a black do-rag.”

Police say while the victim in the case wasn’t seriously hurt, he took a big risk when he tried to wrestle with the suspect.

“Don’t confront (such a) person because you don’t know how they’re armed and what they are carrying. You are just entering a big unknown at that point,” Satur said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Longmont police.

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