Burglar thwarted by gun toting resident

Published: Jun. 6, 2011 at 1:50 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM CDT
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LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Gunfire erupted during a late night home invasion in Longview, and now the suspect is in jail.

Longview police say late Saturday night, a suspected burglar entered a home through the back window in the 100-block of Queens Court. A resident of the home says he caught the suspect coming inside, and pulled a shotgun on him, ordering him to leave.

During a scuffle, the gun reportedly went off and the suspect fled. A short time later , 37 year old Michael Hill was arrested by police, only two homes away from the burglary scene.

"The suspect went to a neighbors house next door who at the time was not at home, the resident left work came out gave officers consent to search at which time the suspect was found hiding inside and an arrest was made," says Longview Police Sergeant David Scott.

"I got a little close to him and he tried to take the weapon away from me and I fired it and we exchanged words and I walked him out the door," said the resident who held the rifle on the suspect.

"My heart dropped thinking , then it was like the best case scenario nobody got hurt and the bad guy was caught," said the home resident Keri Ellingburger.

Hill is being held in the Gregg County jail on $15,000 bond, charged with burglary of a habitation.

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