Friday, November 25, 2011

U of Mn SigEp Shot 6 Times while Chasing Burglar

U of M Student Shot 6 Times while Chasing Burglar:

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MINNEAPOLIS - Imagine waking up to a burglar rummaging through your things. That's what happened to a marathon-running University of Minnesota sophomore who leapt out a window, chased after the thief and got shot six times with a pellet gun.

Jonathan Rodengen is an experienced runner, and said he didn't think there was any way the thief could outrun him -- but he says he probably won't ever try to chase down a crook again.

"Immediately, I had to go after this guy," he said.

Rodengen was sleeping at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house when he woke up to find a thief in his room. When the burglar decided to bail, Rodengen dove out the 6-foot high window and followed him.

"Head first onto the pavement, chased him around the whole building, jumping both fences before I caught him," Rodengen recalled.
The thief was still wearing the backpack -- which contained beer, Mountain Dew, a laptop, wallet and keys -- that he took from Rodengen's room, and the student was able to grab it and yank him down. That's when things got ugly.

The first shot hit Rodengen in the head.

"My initial thought was, 'Wow, I'm dead right now,'" he said.
Next, Rodengen was shot four times in the arms and once in the back. All the while, he was thinking about his family and the potential funeral they would have to plan.

"My mom's going to think I'm an idiot for doing this," he said. "What the hell was I thinking? Anything can be replaced."

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