Rockford Man Is Shot During a Foiled Garage Burglary

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A Rockford man is shot once in the leg after catching a suspect breaking into his garage.

Police say 28-year-old Ralph Whittaker was shot around 10 Monday night in the 200 block of South Springfield. Paramedics were able to treat him on the scene.

Whittaker told police he was at a neighbor’s house when his remote car alarm went off. When he approached the suspect in the garage he was shot at once and was hit in the leg.

The suspect described as a white man took off running.

A K-9 unit later tracked the suspect’s scent back to the Concord Commons housing complex.