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Man fires gun at suspect lighting his Falmouth home on fire, police say

A Falmouth homeowner fired a gun twice Thursday at a suspect who police believe had set a fire at his house, authorities said.

A married couple were at their home on Round Pond Drive at 2:50 a.m. when they heard what sounded like someone trying to break in, according to a statement from Falmouth police.

The man told police he went outside and saw a male suspect setting the house on fire. He fired a pistol twice at the fleeing suspect, police said.

The woman then came outside and extinguished a fire on the house siding, which charred an area about 3 feet wide and 3 feet long, according to police.

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Officers could not find any blood at the scene and do not think the suspect was injured, according to the statement. Police also said that no one with gunshot wounds had checked in to local hospitals in the hours following the incident.

A preliminary investigation also found that the brake lines on the man’s car had been cut, police said.

The suspect was described as male, about 5 feet 8, between 140 and 145 pounds, wearing a brown or gray hooded sweatshirt.

Falmouth police are investigating. They asked anyone who might have information to call them at 774-255-4527.


Sarah Roberts can be reached at sarah.roberts@globe.com.