Lethal Lovebirds: Boyfriend tackles burglar while girlfriend holds shotgun

oregon coupleEUGENE, 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.

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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.



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