EUGENE, Ore. – A Eugene couple caught a burglar in the act and made a citizens arrest with a shotgun early Sunday morning, Eugene Police said.
Derek LeBlanc was headed to work around 5 a.m. Sunday when he saw a pair of feet hanging out the shattered rear window of his pickup truck parked at his north Eugene home on Kenmore Street.
“At this point I had my car keys in my hand. I threw them, and as soon as he got to his feet I just instinctively took him down,” LeBlanc said. “You never know what you’re going to do until it happens, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to be a victim.”
After he tackled a man in his front driveway, LeBlanc said he began calling to his girlfriend for help.
Eugene Police later identified the man LeBlanc tackled to be Shawn Daniel Johnson.
Heidi Lusk, LeBlanc’s girlfriend, said she came outside with a shotgun and a phone. She said she pointed the shotgun at Johnson with one hand and called police with the other.