Intruder allegedly approaches homeowner with 'balled up' fist. But homeowner has a gun — and isn't in the mood to play.

A Chicago homeowner told police he discovered an intruder in his locked backyard around 5 a.m. Tuesday and told the man to leave, police told the Chicago Tribune.

But instead the man allegedly "balled up his fist" and approached the 54-year-old homeowner, the paper said.

With that, the owner of the East Garfield Park residence feared an attack and opened fire with a 9 mm handgun, striking the intruder in the upper left thigh, police told the Tribune.

What happened to the alleged intruder?

The 49-year-old alleged intruder was taken to a hospital and remained there in good condition Tuesday afternoon, the paper said, adding that he was later charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to real property and simple assault.

What happened to the homeowner?

The homeowner was questioned and later released without charges because the shooting appeared to be self-defense, the Tribune said, adding that the homeowner had a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card and concealed carry permit.

Legal gun owners may fire their weapons if they "reasonably believe" they're subject to imminent deadly attacks, the paper said, citing Illinois law.
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