Marion deputies arrest burglar shot in botched home invasion
NICHOLS — Marion County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a burglar shot during a botched home invasion Friday.
John Wesley Collins, 32, of 6985 S.C. 9, Nichols is charged with two counts of burglary and assault with intent to kill, according to a sheriff’s office press release. He is being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries, after which he will be taken to Marion County Detention Center.
Deputies responded to a call on Pee Dee Island Road near Nichols where a homeowner called and reported a burglar in his home.
According to a press release, the homeowner saw a car under the carport when returning home. When the homeowner walked to the door, he saw the front door had been forced open.
Deputies said the homeowner kept a shotgun behind the door, reached for it and about that time a burglar came walking out of a room with some with stolen items.
The homeowner held the burglar at gunpoint and called 911. That’s when the burglar rushed the homeowner, threatening him with a tire tool and was struck once with a shot through the hand and into the leg. The 70-year-old homeowner was unharmed.
Deputies said Collins is on probation for another burglary charge in 2009.