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Alexandria man shot with own gun in home invasion

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. —  A man woke early Sunday morning to an intruder in his apartment, pulled a gun to confront the intruder, and was shot after a struggle in which he lost control of the firearm.

The suspect had been shouting and knocking on doors of an apartment complex on South George Mason Drive in Alexandria, around 1:30 a.m. He broke into the victim’s apartment, at which point the victim got out his weapon.

The suspect gained control of it and the gun was discharged twice in the struggle, hitting the victim and causing non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital and is in stable condition.

Fairfax County Police describe the suspect as white, approximately 6 feet tall, with blue eyes, a prominent nose and dark-colored clothing. They took the firearm from the scene and don’t believe there is a threat to public safety, but anyone with information on this crime is asked to submit a tip at fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus their message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.