Shots fired as homeowner finds burglars

UPDATE, Nov. 9 – Thursday morning, Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence said a homeowner on Grove Street came home from work to find four burglars inside his house. The homeowner was carrying a handgun in his vehicle. The four burglars fled out of the house out the back door and a back window as the homeowner fired shots in the air above them, Lawrence said. One of them ran toward Grove Street and the others toward Church Street and Hudson Road

Eatonton Police officers, EPD Chief Kent Lawrence, EPD Investigator Howell Cardwell and Putnam County Deputy Sheriff Chris Donovan and K-9 officer, Aska, responded to the scene and searched the area for several hours, but to no avail.

Some jewelry was taken from the house by the burglars.

No one was injured.

The case remains under investigation and the burglars are still being sought by authorities. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Eatonton Police Department at 706-485-3551. Please see the Nov. 16 print version of The Eatonton Messenger to read residents of Grove Street's testimony of the incident.

EATONTON, Nov. 8, 2017 -- Local authorities have Grove Street, Hudson Road and Church Street in Eatonton blocked as they investigate a shooting that took place there earlier tonight, The Messenger has learned. Two different people living in the area have confirmed that the shooting stemmed from an attempted burglary of a nearby residence.

Officers with the Eatonton Police Department along with a K-9 team were in the process of tracking the whereabouts of the would-be burglars.

Although social media posts say multiple arrests have been made, the newspaper has been unable to confirm that with authorities.

There are no reports of anyone having been injured. Neighbors of the site of the attempted burglary say the homeowner fired shots in the air, scaring off the burglars.

Officers still were on the scene at 10:30 p.m.

Continue to follow The Messenger's website for the latest developments.

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