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Rubber bullets bounce burglar from back door

A 54-year-old burglary suspect was greeted by rubber bullets early Friday morning as he tried to break into a North Portland home.

Police said Oscar Claude Taylor was taken into custody a short time after the attempted break-in. Taylor remains in a local hospital being treated for what police called non-life threatening injuries after he was hit by a rubber bullet fired by the homeowner.

The incident began at about 3:49 a.m. Jan. 27 when North Precinct officers were called to a house in the 7000 block of North Seward Avenue. The homeowner told police that a suspect was at his back door trying to get in.

The homeowner used a shotgun that fired rubber bullets to shoot the man. The suspect ran and was caught by police behind the St. John's Lutheran Church, 4227 N. Lombard St., near Columbia Park.

An investigation into the shooting is continuing. The case is expected to be presented to a Multnomah County grand jury.