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MURPHYSBORO — A juvenile who allegedly was attempting to break into a house Sunday morning in Murphysboro was injured when the homeowner fired a gun through a door, shooting the suspect.

According to a news release from the Murphysboro Police Department, two armed suspects — both juveniles — attempted to break into a house on Alexander Street at about 3:07 a.m. Sunday. The release said the homeowner discharged a firearm twice through the door, striking one of the suspects once.

Murphysboro Police Chief Chad Roberts said there were two people at home when the incident occurred.

The suspects fled the scene, and the wounded individual sought medical help from a person in the neighborhood.

The release states Murphysboro Police officers arrived on the scene at approximately 3:12 a.m. and processed the scene, assisted by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Division. The injured suspect was taken to a St. Louis hospital and is in stable condition. As of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Roberts said the injured suspect was still in the hospital and had not yet been charged.

The uninjured suspect was taken into custody that night and charged with attempted home invasion and remains confined.

According to the release, clothing and the weapons believed to be used by the suspects were recovered near the residence by officers. 

Roberts said the weapon used by one of the suspects Sunday was stolen during a previous incident, but declined to say by whom. 

Roberts said although the incident is still being investigated, his office does believe the home was targeted specifically by the suspects, but he said he believed it to be an isolated incident. He said the public is not in further danger.

Roberts said the investigation has not as of yet confirmed whether the suspects and the residents of the home were familiar with one another.

Police are not releasing the name of either suspect because they are juveniles.


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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Franklin and Williamson counties.

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