Man fires at intruder
Wounded man arrested in break-in attempt
By David MacDougall
The Post and Courier
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A Ridgeville homeowner foiled an apparent attempt to break into his home Sunday morning by firing several rounds of birdshot at one of the intruders.
The homeowner, Glenn A. Little of U.S. Highway 78, said he was taking a shower, getting ready to go to church, when he heard his doorbell ring.
As he was getting dressed to answer the doorbell, he looked out his bedroom window and saw a man rifling through his pickup truck. At the same time, he heard his garage door opening, and it sounded to him like another person was coming into his house.
Little said he didn't know how many people might be trying to get in or whether they were armed.
"I felt like a caged animal backed into a hole and trying to get out," Little said. He grabbed a 12-gauge shotgun and fired through his bedroom window at the feet of the man who was rifling through the truck.
"I aimed low because I didn't want to kill him," Little said.
The intruder flinched as if he'd been shot and ran toward a small, silver-colored car that was in the backyard. Little fired again at the man's feet. He saw a second person, a woman, run out of the garage and toward the silver-colored car. The two intruders sped away in the car, heading on U.S. Highway 78 toward S.C. Highway 27. That's when Little dialed 911.
Little will not be charged in connection with the shooting, Dorchester County Sheriff's Maj. John Garrison said.
"He was perfectly within his rights," Garrison said. "They not only were in the car, they at least were trying to make entry into the house."
Sheriff's deputies had notified area hospitals to be on the lookout for anyone coming in with a gunshot wound. A short time afterward, Trident Regional Medical Center's emergency room reported a man was being treated for gunshot wounds to his legs.
Deputies went to the hospital and arrested the man.
Bobby Joe Powell, 38, of Summerville, is charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, Garrison said. He was being held in Dorchester County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Investigators were pursuing several leads to find the woman Little said he saw fleeing from the house, but they have not identified a suspect, Garrison said. She was described as a tall, thin white female with red hair.
Garrison would not speculate on whether the intruders were targeting homes while people were attending church. "His (Little's) wife had just left the house," Garrison said. "Maybe they saw her drive away and thought no one would be home."
Little said he never made it to church. "The last detective didn't get away until 5:30," he said. "And I shot out two windows in my bedroom."