A Lauderdale County man is at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after he was shot while trying to break into a residence off of River Road this morning. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the man was shot by a homeowner who confronted the robber inside his residence around 3 a.m. The sheriff has not released the name of the homeowner nor the robbery suspect. “The homeowner was asleep, something woke him up, he saw the robber standing in the doorway between the bedroom and kitchen,” the sheriff said. Williamson said the homeowner confronted the robber, telling him “get out, I’ve got a gun.”
“Apparently, the robber told the homeowner he had a gun also and they started exchanging gun fire.” Authorities said nearly a dozen shots were fired inside the residence. “How the homeowner didn’t get shot, I don’t know,” Williamson said. He said the suspected robber, after being shot, ran out of the house, and he and a girlfriend ran into a wooded area. The sheriff said the department’s canine located the suspect around daylight about 250 to 300 yards from the house. Williamson said the girlfriend and the suspect’s 18-year-old son, who was left in a vehicle during the confrontation, were taken into custody to be questioned.
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