Criminal Ignored This Warning Sign on Homeowner’s Property — Big Mistake

A homeowner in Worcester, Massachusetts, posted a sign outside his property as a warning to criminals. “Never mind the dog. Beware of owner!” the sign reads.

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It apparently wasn’t a clear enough message for one suspected burglar. The homeowner reportedly saw a suspicious man in all-black clothing trespassing on his property and checking car doors on his street on Sunday.

The homeowner grabbed his gun and confronted the suspect, sparking a physical altercation. The men “went to the ground throwing punches,” WBZ-TV reported.

Jonathan Rodrigues, a neighbor, said he heard the commotion and went to the window to see what was happening.

“In a split second, one shot goes off and then Chuck falls back and the kid falls back and kind of runs. That’s when Chuck fires again,” Rodrigues told WBZ-TV.

They must have been accurate shots because police later found the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Zackery Bailey, nearby with two gunshot wounds. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for breaking and entering.

Police found 29 year-old Zackery Bailey nearby with two gunshot wounds. They arrested Bailey on a separate warrant for breaking and entering.

It turns out, the homeowner is actually a retired police officer, so he was trained to deal with the scary situation.

“Chuck had his badge out saying ‘I’m an officer.’ To just keep going further with it is just foolish,” the neighbor added.

The criminal learned a very painful lesson that day.