2002-12-19 / Other News

Intruder Shot By

Local Homeowner
By Charles Rogers

Hearing a noise coming from his 18-month-old son’s bedroom early Saturday, a Canarsie homeowner surprised a would-be burglar ransacking the room and shot him several times, police said. The alleged burglar, Ivan Thompson, 40, was critically wounded. Neither the homeowner, Ronald Dixon, 27, nor his son was injured.

Dixon was later taken to the 69th Precinct and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, an unregistered .9mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun. The suspect was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

NYPD spokesperson Detective Madelyne Galino said the incident began shortly before 8 a.m. on December 14th when Dixon and his wife, Tricia, were awakened from sleep in their house on Schenck Street near East 93rd Street by a noise in their son’s room.

The homeowner grabbed the gun from a closet, told his wife to call 911 and confronted the suspect.

The alleged burglar came toward the victim, sources said, and Dixon fired at least two shots, hitting Thompson once in the chest and once in the stomach. The suspect fell down a flight of stairs and fled out the door but collapsed on the front lawn.

According to Detective David Miller of the 69th Precinct Detective Squad, Thompson has a prior record with over 31 arrests, including nine burglary convictions. He has an active warrant on a previous larceny charge and was released from prison in October. He is currently on parole.

After conferring with officials from the office of the Kings County District Attorney, Detective Miller had no alternative to arrest Dixon on the gun charge.

A neighbor of the Dixon’s was quoted as saying he would have done the same thing, had he been in the homeowner’s place.Another resident, when questioned, said it was "regrettable" that the gun was unlicensed but "if I found a stranger in my baby’s room, I’d shoot him too." The resident refused to give her name.

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