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Burglary foiled; suspect on the run

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Officials are investigating a foiled burglary attempt at a Brazil residence early Wednesday morning.

"Locking your doors has always been the number one safety tip," Brazil Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times. "Whether you live in the city or in the country, you have got to lock your doors."

Shortly after 2 a.m., Wednesday, members of the Brazil City Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to a residence in the 900-block area of North McGuire Street.

The unidentified homeowner reported waking up and finding an unknown individual, approximately 6-feet tall and dressed in dark clothing, wandering around inside their home at 2 a.m. Apparently the individual was startled while looking inside a room of the home and ran out a back door with the homeowner in pursuit.

Once outside, the homeowner admitted to firing three shots into the air to scare the suspect, who ran west and got away.

The area was blocked off for close to an hour while a CCSD K-9 Officer Dayk and Dep./K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen searched for the suspect while officers investigated the case.

Although no one was injured during the home invasion, Harrison said the shooting incident could be reviewed for potential charges.

"Obviously this isn't what we want to see happen in these types of situations. It's considered criminal recklessness and it's also a safety issue," Harrison said about the shooting incident. "Those bullets go up and they will come down. The person that fired those bullets is responsible for whatever happens when they come down, whether they hit someone or caused damage. Thankfully, no one was injured."

To report any information about this case, or any other, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

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Give me a break are people not allowed to protect there self & home. If someone was in my home I would feel indanger & I would shot them. Sorry but I wouldn't give them the chance to do something to me first.

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 10:22 PM

i agree, you are in MY house in the middle of the night...shoot first ask questions later. who does this person think they are? does a home owner have no rights?

-- Posted by shanbilly on Wed, Jul 2, 2008, at 10:58 PM

Maybe you need to read the article again. The homeowner didnt shoot at the guy in his house, he followed him outside and again didnt shoot at him fired several shots in the air. How is that protecting himself or property? Shooting in the air, how stupid what goes up must come down and I hope that in the next couple of days a neighbor doesnt find any bullet holes in their house or car. Doesnt sound like protection to me sounds reckless and unsafe.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 5:39 AM

you guys are forgetting that this guy shot into the air, not at the person that broke into his house. chief harrison was not saying that you can't protect yourself, just that you cannot be negligent when doing so. shooting into the air is dangerous. also, you need to be able to justify using deadly force. read the article better before you post a comment.

-- Posted by IIVIIy Name Is on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 5:49 AM

Former child who learned weapon safety and former military here .. Never aim or fire a weapon at anything you don't intend to shoot.

I get the homeowner's point: "Beat it and don't come back, you punk!!" Right idea, wrong way to go about it.

MY property is MINE .. just because the door was unlocked doesn't give someone the right to walk in and take what they want. If a thief wants it bad enough, a locked door won't stop them anymore than an unlocked one will, or an alarm system. GIVE ME A BREAK!!

What bothers me the MOST about this is that we all know this person .. the thief. This is someone from our OWN TOWN. Doesn't that make you feel good all over? We both shop at the grocery store, get gas at the same place, shop at Wal-Mart, get fast food .. every day, we see this dirtbag. Just goes to show you .. you don't really know anyone.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 10:21 AM

Leave it to Harrison to possibly press charges on the innocent party. This police force has always been a joke.

-- Posted by bman796 on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 11:08 AM

I think being shot is an occupational hazard burglars need to accept. :^] But shooting into the air after the suspect has fled serves no purpose and does carry some risk. On the other hand, I think it would better serve the citizenry if the citizen involved was just told "don't do that again" and county resources were put towards something more productive like finding, apprehending, charging, and convicting criminals.

-- Posted by CaptBrent on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 11:09 AM

The sumbag will think returning twice about returning to that address.

The shots in the air don't worry me near as much as the high speed chases that law enforcement do as standard proceedure.

-- Posted by SunCatcher47 on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 12:18 PM

Does it say that this is al ocal person? How do we know they are not a drifter?

Again I point out... when there are extra activities going on and the "outside" comes to town, we in this sleepy little town, find out what a nasty world it is. I by no means am saying to keep outsiders away, I am just saying that we live a pretty safe little life here in Mayberry!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 1:02 PM

Oh... and what charges are being fired against this man for shooting? If the gun was lawfully registered, what was the crime?

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 1:03 PM

In response to "bman796"...I get the impression that you are a "cop hater".

If you don't like our officers you always have the option to move to another town.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 1:38 PM

a person has the right to protect their home tho I do not agree with shooting outside up in the air. I always lock my car and house but if someone is determined enought they will get in. I was robbed once several years ago---a crowbar tore off my front door that was bolt locked. This town is and never will be a

"Mayberry"... I know some of you remember what Paul Harvey said on Natioanl News in 1997...."If you want to get away with murder live in Brazil, Indiana; just don't drink and drive". Sorry...can't see that line in Mayberry. I wasn't home when my home was robbed... but if it happens agian and I am there I will do what it takes to protect my home and myself.

-- Posted by levr.gar on Thu, Jul 3, 2008, at 2:56 PM

th1953- I normally have quite a bit of respect for the police. However, this seems to be typical of certain over zealous officers like Harrison - burn the innocent guy.

By the way - thankfully I no longer live in Brazi!

-- Posted by bman796 on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 7:06 AM

I don't recall where it said that this person was going to be charged with anything. Just that the entire case would be reviewed. But, if someone would have been injured because of a weapon being shot into the air, he could be. What if your child was hit by a falling bullet..?? I bet that you would want him charged. But, I'm sure that he will not be, in this case. That is the point of a review...Everyone has the right to protect their property, when an immediate threat exists.

-- Posted by BOYINBLUE on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 3:57 PM

Help me out, because I know there are some legal people posting on here...

Legally, if someone fires a weapon in the city limits (or anywhere for that matter), the police HAVE TO review the case. Is that correct, or am I mistaken?

I really hate it when people, for whatever reason, run down the police officers in this community. They are doing their jobs.

And from reading the number of stories on this website, I'd say they're doing more than in most communities!!!

I feel safer because they are out there on duty!!

-- Posted by Cy on Fri, Jul 4, 2008, at 9:17 PM

bman796- Harrison and all the other officers of Brazil put their lives on the line daily for us!!! If you think you can do a better job than maybe... you should apply!!!

-- Posted by ponyrider on Mon, Jul 7, 2008, at 6:31 PM

I by saddened at the amount of disrespect for our police force. They work for us, maybe instead of bashing them on this public forum under screen names, you should go to the mayor or Chief of Police, face to face and make your complaints. If you feel our police don't do their best I urge you to find a police/fire scanner and listen to a couple of shifts. I think you might see things differently.

-- Posted by janklmom on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 6:54 AM

I feel for the guy who had his house broken into, however I do not support shooting 3 rounds into the air once the guy was running, outside of the house.

-- Posted by Firedad on Sat, Jul 12, 2008, at 3:25 PM

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