Homeowner arrested for firing shots in burglary of his house, police say

Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 4:31 p.m. MST

As of Friday morning, police had not recovered either of the two rounds that were fired.

Neighbor Kathie Bone said many who live in the area are cheering what Niederhauser did.

"I understand that those are the laws, but he was trying to stop someone that was burglarizing his home," she said. "I'm sure he felt he was doing what he needed to do to protect his home and property. I understand there may have been some laws broken, but certainly not intentionally."

Bone called Niederhauser a "great guy" and a "responsible person."

"He's a pillar of the community. He's someone that you would want to represent Layton City," added neighbor Nikki Weekes.

This is the second residential burglary reported on Gentile Street since December. Both incidents had several similarities, according to police.

Utah state court records indicate that Cruz was sentenced to the Utah State Prison in 1995 and 2003 on drug and stolen vehicle related charges. A warrant was also issued for his arrest four weeks ago out of Millard County on felony drug-related charges.

Anyone with information can call police at 801-497-8300.

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