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Ohio homeowner shoots intruder in the butt, cops say

A concealed handgun. (Dreamstime/TNS)
November 03, 2022

A suspected home intruder recently took a gunshot in his buttocks when an Ohio homeowner defended himself from an attempted burglary.

Jeffrey Carl, 36, is alleged to have broken into a home in the southwest Ohio city of Franklin early Wednesday morning before the homeowner shot him in the rear, the Journal-News reported.

“The caller was unaware whether they hit the person or not, and he was clearly scared on the phone,” Franklin police Lt. Brian Pacifico told FOX19. “He did not want to get off the phone with dispatch until he saw an officer.”

FOX19 transcribed part of the 911 call, where the homeowner says: “Oh God. Oh, I’m a nervous wreck. I just happened to hear the door slide, and then I said, ‘Hey,’ and he turned toward me. He started walking toward me like, ‘I didn’t know you was in here.’ I didn’t know if – I thought he was going to kill me.”

Franklin police responded to the break-in at 3:25 a.m., and a K-9 unit tracked Carl to a shed on another property, FOX19 reported. 

He was arrested and treated at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown for a non-life-threatening injury.

The hospital released him several hours later and he was taken back to the Franklin Police Division, the Journal-News reported. He was booked into the Warren County Jail with a $50,250 bond.

Carl is set to be arraigned Friday, Nov. 4 on a charge of burglary, and already has a warrant for failing to appear at Franklin Municipal Court for a previous charge, the Journal-News reported.

FOX19 reported that police said the homeowner’s shooting was justified.
Also on the home defense front, a Texas mother recently shot a home intruder through her bedroom door while protecting her children on the other side. The suspect fled and was arrested in a field nearby.