FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The homeowner, Steven Ray, said that barking dogs woke him up at about 1:50 a.m.
Ray, 58, said he tried to turn on the house lights and call police but there was no power to the home. Police said an unrelated power outage impacted the area from 12:29 p.m. until 3:56 a.m. That outage was the result of a cable failure, police said.
Because he couldn't see anything or call for help, Ray said he armed himself with a .45-caliber handgun and stopped a man in his back yard. He struggled with the man and eventually shot him as he tried to run away, police said.
"There were several shots that were fired, however, he was struck once," said Rita Davis with Fort Collins police.
That man was identified as 28-year-old David Ebner, an applications engineer at Woodward Governor. Ebner was found by police 20 minutes later, approximately 100 yards away from the home in a vacant lot.
Ebner was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital by ambulance, where he is being treated for his injuries. He is in the intensive care unit at the hospital in stable condition.
"We need to find out why he was there," said Davis.
Ebner's neighbors said they are shocked by the incident and will be even more shocked if he is charged.