Birmingham, AL 03/29/2017
Sheriff’s detectives are conducting an investigation into an early morning burglary that resulted in a suspect being shot by the homeowner.
At about 1:15 this morning deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a home in the 2400 block of Ormond Drive in Center Point.
They arrived to find the 79-year-old male homeowner sitting on the front porch of the home. He was suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Inside the home deputies located an adult male suspect suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.
Information on the scene indicates that the homeowner had been asleep when he was awakened by a noise from his basement. Two suspects had forced open a basement window and entered the house. The suspects continued upstairs and confronted the victim who was still in his bed.
One of the suspects ordered him not to move. The victim grabbed a gun that he kept by his bed and began firing at the suspects. One suspect fell and the other fled. The victim chased the fleeing suspect out of the house. As the suspect ran across the yard he fired a shot that struck the victim in the leg. He then got into a waiting vehicle driven by a third suspect and fled the scene.
The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation is ongoing. The name of the deceased is withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.