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Home invader shot during burglary attempt

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A home invasion went awry for the perpetrator last night when he was shot by the homeowner.

The suspect, Hunter Layne Harrison, is currently hospitalized at Nacicent Medical Center in Macon, according to Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills.

Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Putnam County 911 received a call from a resident on Thomas Drive on Lake Sinclair in the Twin Bridges area, Sills said. The caller said there was a man up in a tree who had a knife. Deputies were dispatched to the residence.

Meanwhile, another call came in from the house next door; the caller said a man with a knife was breaking into their house.

Sills said the house had a glass enclosed porch, and Harrison had picked up a paving landscape brick and thrown it through the glass.

“He went in and was screaming ‘let me in’ at the French doors,” the sheriff described.

The homeowner reportedly got his .45 pistol and told Harrison to get out of his house. But Harrison, with knife still in hand, picked up a barbell from the porch and threw it through the French door, breaking the glass panes and entering the house. So, the homeowner shot Harrison once in the arm, Sills said.

The homeowner and his family immediately barricaded themselves in a bedroom. Deputies arrived about the same time, Sills said, and they found Harrison flailing around on the floor.

“Even though he was shot in the arm, he violently fought with deputies as they attempted to arrest him, and in doing so, was splattering blood all over the kitchen,” Sills said, noting Harrison was able to get away and ran out the back door.

“But he failed to realize the back deck was being repaired, and so the deck wasn’t there, and he dropped about 8  or 9 feet to the ground, and deputies were able to grab him,” Sills said.

Harrison was taken to the hospital for treatment of his wound, and warrants were obtained for his arrest.

When he is released from the hospital, Harrison, age 28 of Old Phoenix Road, will face charges of home invasion, first degree burglary, disorderly conduct, and multiple counts of felony obstruction of law enforcement officer, Sills said, noting Harrison was on probation for five years for violating previous probation.