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.