3 suspects in custody after attempted home break-in, shooting in Anderson Co.

Crime

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials said a third has been taken into custody following an attempted home break-in Tuesday morning.

Deputies said at about 9:30 a.m. three people tried to break into a home on Walker Circle.

“A homeowner had shot a potential burglar. There were three people that he caught, that he believes was breaking in,” Sgt. JT Foster, Public Information Officer for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The homeowner who didn’t want to be seen on camera, said he shot the tire of the suspect’s truck, and things took turn.

“One of the suspects made a movement towards him, he felt threatened. He fired at least one time, striking one of the suspects,” Foster said.

The man had been shot in the hip, and the two other suspects ran away.

“A short time later, deputies were able to local one of the other suspects, a female suspect. She’s also in custody right now. She’s being detained and questioned,” Foster said.

That woman was found close to the scene. The homeowner said his home was previously victimized in a similar incident back in 2014. He also told 7 News, his cameras caught another attempt on Monday, but he is doing okay.

“My understanding is that the homeowner was not injured, the only person injured today was the person shot,” Foster said.

Although the victim survived yet another home break-in attempt, he said he wants all crooks to know he will do whatever it takes to protect himself and his property, even if it has to end like this.

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said the suspect who was shot had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Sgt. JT Foster said earlier Tuesday that a K9 was being used to track the third suspect.

Foster said just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday that the third suspect had been taken into custody after a neighbor found him close to the original location.

Deputies, forensics investigators and detectives responded to the scene. The sheriff’s office will continue to investigate.

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