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A would-be burglar in Kosciusko County got more than he bargained for when he found himself looking down the barrel of a gun.

Behind that gun was the son of the woman whose home Mack S. Stokes is accused of breaking into Wednesday morning, according to the Kos­ci­usko County Sheriff's De­part­ment.

The Leesburg homeowner, whose name was not released, told police she heard a noise at the rear of her house and came upon Stokes when she went to investigate.

Police said he apparently broke a window to get in the home.

As the woman ran to get her adult son, who lives in another part of the home with his wife, Stokes, 43, went to his truck and grabbed a claw hammer, the sheriff's department said.

What he intended to do with the hammer was not known, but he didn't get far with it.

As Stokes approached the house again, he was greeted this time by the homeowner's son and his .45-caliber handgun, police said.

Stokes retreated to his car and as he made his escape, he tried to run over the homeowner's son, according to police.

The man fired one round into the car Stokes was in but did not hit him, police said.

By this time, police were called and officers from several departments in the area headed to the house.

Sheriff's Deputy Jim Smith soon found the car on Old Indiana 15 and arrested Stokes 12 minutes after the crime was reported.

Stokes was booked on a preliminary charge of bur­glary and was being held in lieu of $6,000 bail.

Police later discovered Stokes did not have per­mission from the car's own­­er to drive it that day.