Burglar shot in home invasion after scuffle with owner; 2 flee

Published on Saturday, 7 June 2014 00:23 - Written by Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

A man who broke into a Smith County home Friday was recovering from at least one gunshot to his backside after homeowners opened fire as the burglar and his accomplices tried to flee, Sheriff Larry Smith said.

The man underwent surgery, and two other burglars were being sought in the home invasion, he said. No charges were expected against the homeowners.

“That will ultimately be a decision for the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and a grand jury, but at this time I do not see this office pursuing any charges against the homeowners,” Smith said. “We are actively searching for the other two suspects in this case, and we think we might have one identified.”

Smith said his office received a 911 call about 5 a.m. Friday of a white male shot near the 14000 block of U.S. Highway 271 North.

Deputies arrived to find the man gone. It is believed the man and two black males went to the home to burglarize it about 4 a.m., Smith said.

“The home owners, a husband and wife, were awakened … due to their dogs barking,” he said. “Upon further investigation by the male homeowner, he observed the individuals outside of his garage. He then woke his wife up, and both retrieved firearms and returned to near the garage where the individuals were located. A scuffle ensued once the male homeowner asked all of the individuals for their identification and told him he was calling the police.”

Smith said that after the homeowner and the white male wrestled, the burglar tried to flee, and the homeowners opened fire.

“The alleged burglar was struck in the buttocks area, most likely with a large-caliber handgun,” he said.

The wounded man went to the hospital via private vehicle. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.