Police search for 3 wanted in attempted burglary, shots fired at Springfield home

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Police say they are looking for three people wanted for shots fired during an attempted burglary at a Springfield home.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of East Talmage on Sunday around 1 p.m. 16. Investigators say neighbors called 911 after seeing someone trying to break into a home. Neighbors surrounded the house while they waited for the police. Neighbors then heard gunshots coming from the back of the house.

Debbie Smith says she was a neighbor who surrounded the house.

“Well, my girlfriend was ready to beat him up if he came out,” Smith said.

Smith said several people on East Talmage Street took being neighbors to a whole new level.

“We went over there and we cornered him in the house,” Smith said.

Smith said her grandchildren saw a man go into their neighbor’s house and then they swarmed it.

“We were just going to try to catch him and hold him down until the police got there,” Smith said.

Smith said they didn’t know if he had a weapon, but confronted him regardless.

“Everybody was on the corner of the house,” Smith said. “Next thing we know, he comes out of the house, my boyfriend started yelling and told him he’s busted and you’re going to jail.”

Smith said neighbors have a covenant on East Talmage to protect their own.

“If they were at home and they saw somebody trying to get into somebody’s house around here, they would call the police and do what they could,” Smith said. “Unless someone gets hurt, you never know.”

Police say no one was injured in the incident.

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