Crime

Charges filed against Troy man who was shot during home break-in

Brandon Switzer
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Madison County prosecutors filed charges Monday against a 29-year-old Troy man who was shot during a home invasion in Marine.

Brandon E. Switzer was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with two counts of residential burglary, theft under $500 and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Switzer was shot by the homeowner during the alleged home invasion at just before 12:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department received a call 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 called authorities to say that he had shot an intruder who was trying to break into his home.

Madison County sherriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police troopers responded to the scene. Deputies located Switzer lying in the grass at the rear of the home. Switzer was conscious and had what appeared to be a single gunshot to his chest, according to police. Switzer was taken to an area hospital, where he was admitted and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The occupant of the home told deputies that he woke up to someone attempting to force entry to a rear door of his home. The occupant told deputies he armed himself with a firearm and warned the subject to leave the property. The subject ignored the warning and broke out the glass door in an attempt to enter the home, according to the homeowner. The homeowner told police he fired one shot at the intruder and called 911.

The first responding officers secured the scene and conducted a neighborhood canvas. During the canvas, officers discovered a neighboring home had been burglarized. The burglar damaged the interior of the home as well as a vehicle in the home’s attached garage. Evidence was located during the investigation which linked Switzer to the burglary, as well as a theft from another neighboring home, police said.

Switzer was released from a St. Louis-area hospital on Friday and taken into custody by the St. Louis Police Department on an outstanding felony warrant out of the Troy Police Department for burglary.

Switzer remained in the custody of the St. Louis Police Department on Monday, awaiting extradition on the pending Illinois charges. His bond was set at $200,000.

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