This car was protected by Smith & Wesson

Police car lights at night

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A homeowner confronted two men who were trying to break into his car and got punched and hit with pepper spray early Tuesday morning.

The victim discovered the two men at 5:23 a.m. on Flamingo Avenue and confronted them armed with a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson.

He was hit several times and received a bloody lip. One man had a knife, and one of them used pepper spray on the victim.

Springfield police responded to the incident and used a police dog in an attempt to locate the suspects.

The case happened in a part of Springfield that receives primary police protection from the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No deputies were on duty at the time of the incident, so Springfield police responded.

A similar situation occured on Sunday when a man was shot in a home in Springfield. Police responded because no sheriff's deputies were on duty. The Lane County Sheriff's Office only provides 20 hours of patrol coverage per day.