Homeowner shoots intruder during botched break-in

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- Deputies say a homeowner shot a man during an apparent botched home invasion early Wednesday morning in Escondido.

The homeowner called 911 a little after 1:30 a.m. to report the incident in the 15000 block of Highland Road, a San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said.

Deputies said a man knocked on the homeowner's door saying he was being chased and asking for money to pay for a taxi. The homeowner, who lives in the house surrounded by a tall fence topped with barbed wire, apparently didn't believe the man's story. What happened next is unclear, but the homeowner ended up shooting the man, apparently with a rifle or shotgun.

The man then barricaded himself in the master bedroom until sheriff's deputies arrived. The homeowner's two daughters were still in the house and were escorted from the home by deputies. The 28-year-old suspect emerged from the bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was conscious and alert as paramedics took him to a hospital. He was released from the hospital and taken into custody.

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