A man shot early Friday morning near the Madison County town of Marine was allegedly trying to break into a residence at the time he was hit by gunfire.
According to reports, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department received a call at about 12:22 a.m. about a shooting in the 12000 block of Mayer Road, which is just east of Marine and five miles west of Highland.
Madison County Sheriff’s Department Capt. T. Mike Dixon said the occupant of the home where the shooting took place called authorities to say that he had shot an intruder who was trying to break into his home.
We have to realize that the homeowner in this case did everything we believe to be correct.
Madison County Sheriff John Lakin
“The occupant of the home told deputies that he woke up to someone attempting to force entry to a rear door of his home,” Dixon said. “The occupant told deputies he armed himself with a firearm and warned the subject to leave the property.
“The subject reportedly ignored the warning and busted out the glass door in attempt to enter the home,” Dixon said. “In response the home owner said he fired one shot at the intruder and called 911.”
The 29-year-old man was reportedly conscious and alert while being transported by helicopter to St. Louis University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest, which was believed to be from a handgun. Dixon said the suspect’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
“We have to realize that the homeowner in this case did everything we believe to be correct,” said Madison County Sheriff John Lakin.
He said the homeowner repeatedly warned the man “very loudly” to get away from his home. “The suspect continued the aggressive behavior,” he said.
At one point, the man threw an object through a window, Lakin said. That was when the homeowner fired one shot at the alleged intruder. He did not know if the man was intoxicated at the time.
“I would certainly hope a person in his right mind wouldn’t try to gain entry to a home, especially after being told the owner has a firearm,” he said.
Lakin declined to release the name or address of the homeowner, who was alone in his house at the time of the incident. He also declined to name the alleged intruder, until charges are filed. However, he said they do plan to seek charges against the intruder.
Lakin said at this time they do not believe there was any connection between the homeowner and the man trying to get into the house, but it is too early to know if the man was acting alone. However, he said he was not aware of any pattern of similar home invasions in the area and declined to speculate on the man’s motive for trying to get into the house.
“There’s suspicious activity that goes on every place,” Lakin said. “But being taken to this level... It’s fortunate this didn’t go much further than it did.”