A Merced man was threatened with a gun Saturday night while confronting two people breaking into a relative's car, police reported Sunday.
The incident was reported at 11:20 p.m. in the 1200 block of P street, according to Sgt. Rodney Court.
The victim told officers he heard noises outside and went to investigate. When he went outside, he interrupted two people in the process of breaking into the car.
When the victim confronted the men, one of them pulled out a small handgun with a laser, Court said. The victim told police he backed away when he saw the gun.
The second man ran southbound on P street, Court said. The victim reported seeing the second man loading an amp and speaker box into a car parked on P street, near 12th Street.
The victim said that as the armed man ran away, he heard at least two shots fired.
Witnesses told police they heard a total of three to four shots fired, but officers could not find any shell casings.
The men were last seen driving a late-model light gold or pewter-colored four-door Camry or Lexus. The car was last seen southbound on P street, Court said.
According to the victim, the armed man is described as a 25- to 28-year-old Latino man, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call (209) 385-6913, (209) 385-4702 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips can be sent via text message to TIP411 (847411). Include "COMVIP" in the text message.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.