PEORIA, AZ - A Valley firefighter and his girlfriend used their guns to scare off an intruder who broke into their house in Peoria overnight.
It was about 1:30 in the morning when Alexis Allred heard a noise in the hallway outside their bedroom.
“I woke up to my air freshener crashed on the floor,” said Allred. “I’m like, ‘oh my gosh, someone is in the house.'”
Alexis woke up her boyfriend, Matt Lucking, who grabbed his shotgun.
“When they heard the clicking of that shotgun it was a whole other world,” he said. “I think I scared them.”
At that time, they heard the intruder fire a gun in the hallway.
“The shell casing was in the bedroom, in front of the [guest] bed,” said Lucking.
Alexis grabbed the pistol from her side table, and hunkered down to call 911. In the pitch black, Lucking ran outside to try and catch the suspect.
“Shotgun, underwear, and no shoes or nothing,” he said. “I was hoofing it. I was in an old Western.”
The suspect was able to get away with about $14 in change, a camera, and a belt buckle Matt had won in a rodeo competition.
“It’s terrifying,” said Alexis Allred. “You don’t ever realize that it’s going to happen to you.”
But what the suspect really got away with was Matt and Alexis’s sense of security.
“How do you know you can lay there and get a good night’s sleep?” said Lucking. “I work hard for what I have. I dang sure don’t want somebody to come steal what I work hard for."
The couple is now installing security cameras and an alarm system in their home. They did not get a look at the suspect, so authorities are working to get a description of who broke into their house.
Anyone who say suspicious activity in the area of 85th Avenue and Northern in Peoria around 1:30 am Sunday morning is asked to call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.