published Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Victim fires shots at burglar in East Ridge

A South Seminole Drive resident fired shots at a man trying to break into a home early Sunday, East Ridge police said.

Police spokesman Erik Hopkins said police responded at 1:47 a.m. to a reported burglary in progress.

On the way, they were told by dispatchers that shots had been fired at the scene. Officers arrived and found the suspect still on the porch of the home. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Chas Scruggs, 22, of Hixson, is charged with aggravated burglary and vandalism.

The resident told investigators someone was pounding on the front door. The resident then yelled throuh the door asking “what do you want?” and told the suspect that the police had been notified.

The suspect broke out a window and was attempting to unlock the door when the resident fired one shot towards the suspect. Then the resident's father showed up and challenged the suspect, who charged him.

The father, also armed, fired a shot into the ground. The suspect went back to the porch and continued trying to get in the house until officers arrived and arrested him.

No injuries were reported in this incident.

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