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KCPD investigating after homeowner allegedly shoots suspect trying to steal vehicle

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police are investigating a shooting involving a homeowner who police say shot and injured a suspect who appeared to be stealing his truck Friday  morning.

The incident happened in the 11800 block of E. 47th Street around 7:15 a.m.

"When we got here we found a suspect was stealing a truck from one of the homeowners here," said Capt. Mark Terman of the KCPD. "At that time there was a confrontation and the suspect was shot by the homeowner."

Police say the homeowner noticed the suspect in his front yard and went outside to confront him.  Police say the homeowner shot the suspect at least one time in the leg. The truck ended up across the street in the front yard of Tee Haynes' house.

"He did the right thing. He could have shot the guy in the head I believe if he wanted to. But you know he's a Christian man and believes in the preservation of life so he shot the guy in the leg," said Haynes.

Haynes called the homeowner a good man who loves working on his property.

Many older folks who live in the area were quick to commend the homeowner for taking action to protect his property.

"You've worked hard for your property," said Pauline Mayo, a neighbor. "Why let someone take it?"

Police say the suspect is expected to survive his wounds. He's being treated at the hospital. Police declined to say whether the accused thief was carrying a weapon.

Detectives are interviewing the homeowner and say they are investigating to determine if the shooting was appropriate.