Port Barre Police: Barking dog alerts homeowner to armed intruders, shots fired

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At least 2 suspects are being sought in connection to a robbery the ended with shots being fired in Port Barre.

It happened before dawn Tuesday on Bear Street, Police Chief Deon Boudreaux said.

Boudreaux said a barking dog alerted the homeowner to several intruders on his property.

The homeowner went outside to investigate the situation and found two men digging in his vehicle, Boudreaux said.

The intruder(s) were armed and shot at the homeowner as they ran away, he said. 

No one was injured but several bullets struck the home, Boudreaux said. 

“While I understand that Louisiana is a stand your ground state which means that the law is on the homeowner’s side, my advise is to call police and don’t let them know you are calling us.” Boudreaux said.

Police officers are trained to deal with criminals and understand how they operate, Boudreaux said. 

“Your life is worth more than material things,’ Boudreaux said.  “Call us. Do not approach these individuals, let the police do their jobs, don’t put yourself in danger.” 

The investigation is on-going and police are following several leads, Boudreaux said. 

“They have darkness on their side, they are dressed in dark clothes, they know the area, they go between houses to hide when they see our headlights.”  

His advice to the public is: “If someone is threatening you, then you have a right to stand your ground, but I don’t advise anyone to engage and capture, CALL THE POLICE,” he advised.   

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