Alleged home invasion victim arrested on gun charge

Published: Oct. 22, 2012 at 9:28 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Police say they arrested a homeowner who exchanged gunfire with intruders Monday night because the homeowner illegally possessed his handgun.

Rafeal Sinville, 29, was booked on one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The arrest came after police responded about 9:35 p.m. Monday to a call of a home invasion at a home in the 2500 block of Dupont Street.

Authorities say the homeowner was inside his home, heard a knock at the door, and, when he opened it, found one man who was armed and another man trying to force their way in.

While inside, the men allegedly demanded money and valuables. At some point during the invasion, police say the homeowner got a gun of his own. That's when the shooting began.

No one was injured.

The robbers fled, and police say witnesses told them that two black men left the home driving a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria with dark wheels.

Police say investigators got to the scene later and learned that the homeowner possessed his gun illegally, and they arrested him.

The two robbers remain at large.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crime should contact Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers at 673-7373 or call Shreveport Detective Richard Turpin at 673-6955.

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