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Burglary suspect eludes armed homeowner

GULFPORT — A vigilant homeowner chased and fired a gun at a man suspected of burglarizing three homes Friday in the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club community. Police hope the public can help identify the man who fled.

An 11-year-old girl phoned her father at about noon Friday and told him that a man had broken a window at the back of their house and wandered inside, according to Gulfport police. The girl's father, who works a few miles away, armed himself and drove home, where he spotted the man running from the back of the house.

The man ran across a golf course and the homeowner followed, driving onto the grass and getting out of his car, police said. The man turned and pointed a gun at the homeowner, who fired three shots. The man ran away, police said. They don't think he was shot.

Authorities did not release the identity of the homeowner, who provided officers with surveillance video taken just before the break-in at his home. Officers believe the same man had burglarized two other homes in the area.

The man wore black shorts, a black polo shirt with a gray long-sleeved shirt underneath and a black hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at (727) 893-1030.