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Costa Mesa homeowner pepper sprayed by burglar, shoots at him with his handgun


A pepper spray demonstration.

Tip to burglars: Don’t bring pepper spray to a gunfight.

A burglar in Costa Mesa learned this earlier in the week after blasting a homeowner in the face with his pepper spray canister. The homeowner, presumably blinded, nonetheless managed to retrieve his handgun and squeeze off a few rounds in the general direction of the intruder, Costa Mesa police said in a press release.

He missed, but the burglar fled for his life.

The incident took place around 2:40 a.m. Monday morning, police said, when “an unknown suspect pried open the front door to a home in the 2400 block of Elden Street.” The homeowner, awoken by the noise, discovered the intruder in his bedroom -- right before getting pepper sprayed. (Apparently burglars are known to do this.)

But he somehow managed to grab his gun -- perhaps he keeps it by the bed? -- and fired at the burglar.