A suspected intruder was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday after breaking into an Oakdale couple's home.
Stanislaus County Sheriff'sSgt. Keith Rakoncza said the incident began as a pursuit of a stolen vehicle around 3:30 a.m. Modesto police officers spotted the vehicle, a 2001 Hyundai, and attempted to stop the driver.The driver refused topull over, leading police on apursuitinto Riverbank where officers abandoned the chase out of concern for public safety.
The vehicle was later found abandoned and damaged off Oakdale Waterford Highway.
At approximately 4 a.m., a couple and their 12-year-old son were sleeping in their home in the 5200 block of Oakdale Waterford Highway when the husband was awoken by a noise and found a stranger inside his home. The husband and wife both armed themselves with handguns, called 911 and confronted the man, Rakoncza said.
The husband ordered the intruder, Anthony Liberini, 27,of Modesto,to leave the property and he left. However, a short time later, Liberini tried to break into the house again by breaking out the glass in the back door. Fearing for their safety, the wife fired two shots at Liberini, stopping him from gaining access, Rakoncza said.
According to Rakoncza, Liberini then went to a bedroom window and broke into the home again. The husband confronted him again and ordered him to leave. When Liberini advanced on the man despite orders to stop, the husband shot Liberini in the torso and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.
Officers speculated Liberini may have entered the home to evade capture by police after the pursuit.
Liberini was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.
Rakoncza said Liberini was on probation for possession of a controlled substance and out on bail on a separate possession of controlled substance case. Once released from hospital, he will be booked for burglary, robbery and violation of probation. He will also be charged with a bail enhancement for committing a crime while out on bail.