Burglar Shot

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How far would you go to stop burglars?

A Wausau man suffered three break-ins and lost hundreds dollars in cash, so he decided to invest a little more of his money in a few surveillance cameras, a 4-10 shotgun, and some rock salt.

Those same home surveillance cameras captured video; you can see someone entering the home through a window, then looking around. That's just before the owner shot him in the buttocks with the rock salt. The owner wishes to remain anonymous.

But he demonstrated, for us, the non-lethal effects of the rock salt as opposed what would have happen if he had been using real rounds on the burglar.

Law enforcement officials say it's not always a good idea to take the law into your own hands like this.

Maj. John Dennis, Jackson County Chief Deputy, says, "Everyone has a right to defend themselves. I'm not saying that everyone has the right to take the law into their own hands, but call law enforcement, let us do our job. That's why we have 911. That's why we have deputies out in their zones."

Under a new state law that goes into effect in October, people can use deadly force to protect themselves against attackers if they can prove they could not have escaped the potential attack.