Burglar shot 3 times by homeowner

Second time house has been broken into in months

By Melody Vallieu


WEST MILTON — A burglar found himself with three gunshot wounds after breaking into a home in the 4600 block of Kessler-Frederick Road early Monday morning.

According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eric Lachey, a call came in from a woman homeowner at approximately 5 a.m. Monday that they believed someone was in their home. While the woman was on the phone with 911, her husband went to the garage and encountered a burglar, Lachey said.

“The homeowner had a gun and was confronted by the burglar and shot him,” Lachey said.

The male suspect was shot two times in the leg and once in the hand, according to Lachey. He said the man — who has not yet been been named — is in Miami Valley Hospital, and was having surgery Monday for a shattered femur.

Lachey said as there was no sign of forced entry, they believe the male suspect entered the home through a “doggie” door.

Lachey said this is the second time in a matter of months this home has been invaded.

He also said they believe this suspect could be linked to a string of issues in the area. He said for months, in the area of State Rout 571, National Road and Kessler-Frederick Road, there have been been numerous reports of suspicious activity, people lurking and home and car break-ins.

“We’re hoping that comes to an end now,” he said.

Charges are pending and the investigation continues, Lachey said.

Second time house has been broken into in months