Police: Burglar shot by homeowner may have had wrong home


A suspected burglar is under arrest after getting shot while trying to break into a house in Shelby County. It happened around 3:30 am Thursday.

Police say the man, who police have identified as Reginald A. Daniels, 19, from the Fountaintown area in Shelby County, tried to break in the front door of a house on Sycamore Road in the Prairie View neighborhood.

Investigators say he broke through a side panel and was reaching in trying turn the knob from the inside when the homeowner fired a single shot, hitting the suspect in the hip.

"The homeowner gave him every opportunity to go away. In fact, he wished he would have. He wouldn't and the homeowner, by his credit, he waited until the last possible moment to protect his family and that's what he had to do," said Det. Dan Crafton, Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

There was about a five-minute delay in the police response to the shooting since, detectives say, the initial 911 call was received by Marion County Dispatch and had to be routed to Shelby County. The neighborhood is very close to the Marion-Shelby County line.

Detectives say the homeowner will not be charged. It's unclear what charges the suspect will face.

Police believe he intended to get into a different house but was confused. Authorities haven't released the name of the suspect, who is being treated at Wishard Hospital for the gunshot wound. Detectives plan to interview him at the hospital.