58-year-old gets in shootout with Detroit home invader

A homeowner on Detroit's east side is recovering after getting into a shootout with a home invader Tuesday morning. 

The suspect got through the front door of the home in a neighborhood near the intersection of Redmond Street and Eight Mile Road. 

"I got up, and I [saw] this guy running down my hallway with a mask on, and he had a gun. So I immediately slammed my bedroom door and he just kept shooting through my door," says the homeowner. She did not wish to be identified. 

Police say the man was wearing a ski mask and gray shorts, but no shirt. He kept asking for money. 

But the homeowner found her gun and when she took aim they both opened fire. 

She was hit in the hand, and he took off. During the struggle, the homeowner's daughter was hiding upstairs and called 911. 

"When you call 911, a prank call, they [get] to a house in no time. But at this time, they wasn't [sic]. It was a shock to me because they could have absolutely caught the guy," the homeowner says. "You expect people to talk about it. How can they talk about it when they fear for their lives? It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you have to be a survivor."

Police say the call came in at 1:37 a.m. and was dispatched at 1:40 a.m. They say the first car arrived at the home at 1:47 a.m., meaning a 10-minute response time. 

Police are still looking for the suspect. 

The homeowner has been treated for her hand injury. She is expected to recover. 

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