Source: KomoNews

An Eugene resident learned a lesson in self-defense after shooting at a man who had tried to crawl through his kitchen window early Friday.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that police told 51-year-old Pat Montoya that shooting at an intruder after the man had already began running away is illegal.

Montoya says the cops were sympathetic, but told him they could have cited him.

Sgt. Terry Fitzpatrick says state law allows a person to protect themselves by shooting at someone committing or attempting to commit a residential burglary, but that doesn’t mean the intruder can be shot at after leaving a target dwelling.

Montoya says firing the gun was a reaction to the intruder moving. He says it scared him to see a man crawling through the window.