Bloomington, IN – An Indiana man was arrested after he chased after a thief that stole his car while it was warming up and fired more than a dozen bullets at the fleeing suspect, according to police.
Paul Clark, 37, was letting his girlfriend’s car warm up at 5:30 a.m. Monday when he looked out the window of his apartment and saw the suspect driving away in the 2004 Chrysler 300, according to the Indiana Daily Student.
Clark grabbed his gun and the keys to his girlfriend's other vehicle and chased down the suspect to a gas station.
At the gas station, Clark tried to block in the thief. He got out of his car but the suspect was able to drive away. At that point, Clark then fired shots into the stolen car as the suspect was driving away, according to Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo.
Clark got back into his car and tried to follow the suspect but the thief was able to escape.
The stolen car was eventually found abandoned at a nearby apartment complex, according to WTTV. There was no blood inside the car and there was no sign of the suspect, according to police.
The police also recovered 13 shell casings at the gas station after they were called to the scene after the gunshots, WTTV reported.
Police then arrested Clark. He was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and pointing a firearm and carrying a handgun without a license, according to police.
Capt. Pedigo said that Clark’s actions could have seriously injured or killed bystanders at the gas station and warned against vigilante justice, according to WTTV.
Bloomington Police Department Lieutenant John Kovach said that it was the second car that was stolen in a week when the owner left it running outside. Lt. Kovach said people should use a spare set of keys to lock their car if they are going to leave it running while they are not inside, according to the Indiana Daily Student.