A car thief had to flee for his life Saturday after the vehicle’s owner pulled out a gun and fired off a round to try to prevent his car from being stolen.
The confrontation happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Walden Avenue and Harmonia Street in the city’s Martin Luther King Park neighborhood, according to police reports.
The owner of the gold, four-door 1999 Chrysler told police he left the car running and unattended when the thief slipped behind the wheel.
When the owner tried to stop the car, the suspect displayed what appeared to be a handgun, police said. That’s when the vehicle’s owner, a 28-year-old man from Woodlawn Avenue, pulled out his own 9 mm Smith and Wesson and fired off a round.
The thief ended up stealing the vehicle, which sped away east on Walden.