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Taser stops Lawrence burglary suspect

The SWAT team was called after police found there were loaded guns inside the house. The SWAT team was called after police found there were loaded guns inside the house.
Police say 34 year old Ronnie Murray got out on bond just two weeks ago. Police say 34 year old Ronnie Murray got out on bond just two weeks ago.

Lynsay Clutter/Eyewitness News

Lawrence - Imagine promising someone you'll check their house every so often while they're away only to have to take action on that promise. Robin McMan's father-in-law is out of town on vacation. Sunday she stopped by to cut the grass. She is still shaking after what she discovered.

"I was terrified. I'm thinking: 'I was by myself, I have two small children, I am out of here!'" said McMan.

McMan called police after arriving at the Lawrence home and discovering something was wrong.

"(I) picked up his newspaper (and) walked over by the vehicle. And then that's when I heard some noise in the kitchen, some pots falling, and I looked over and the window was up," she said.

When police arrived, the intruder was still inside. McMan dialed up her father-in-law in Florida for the investigators. Lawrence Deputy Police Chief Bob Bowser says they're glad she did.

"He did notify us that there were several loaded guns in the house and that's what made it so volatile. That's why we wanted our SWAT team here," said Bowser.

Police tried talking the suspect out of the house. That was unsuccessful. Then the SWAT team took over. Police found 34-year-old Ronnie Murray inside. Deputy Chief Bowser says that if this is Murray's full time job, he should try something else:

"...Only two weeks ago (he) was arrested for residential entry. He's out on bond, was inside the house hiding and when officers approached him. He had a knife."

Police say Mr. Murray resisted arrest and they were forced to use a taser on him.

Robin McMan could only wonder what would have happened if the suspect had noticed her before she noticed him.

"When I found out he had a knife, I thought, 'What if?' I have two kids," she said.

In spite of the whole frightening experience, Mcman says she was glad to be at the right place at the right time because it looked like the burglar was getting ready to leave.

"You could tell he was gonna take the DVD player, and the stereo equipment because it was all on the couch. Thankfully it ended like this and he was caught and didn't get away with anything. That's what I really would've hated to see - [him getting] away with something."

Murray is back in the Marion County Jail following a short trip to Wishard Hospital for treatment of his taser injury.

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