A Madison man scared away a would-be robber by saying he had a gun and would shoot him, officials said.

The 76-year-old Golf Course Road resident heard noise coming from a back bedroom of his home Saturday morning around 12:36, according to a release. When he got up to check on what he heard, he found a window open and a man standing outside it.

Officials said the resident told the probable burglar that he had a gun and that he would shoot him. The man ran away.

The probable burglar is described as a white male, 20-25 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds with short dark hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt.

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