Burglary Suspects Crash During Chase with Deputies - SLIDESHOW

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By: Deneige Broom Email

Gadsden County, Florida - January 9, 2012 - 6:30pm

A Gadsden County man came face to face with the men who broke into his home Monday.

He didn't want to be identified while he told us what happened.

"I could hear sounds in the house," he said.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office says Julius Hearns and Shon Thomas broke into the house through a back window.

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young says they made their way through the home, one room at a time.

Clothes, papers, even guns were left all over the house.

It was around that time that the homeowner came home and heard noise inside.

He says, he knocked at the front door, in part to gain his composure.

He says he went in through the front door and looked for one of his guns.

"I knew I had to get a hold of my weapon and I saw one wasn't there and I knew where another one was and got a hold of it," said the homeowner.

The suspects had taken one of his guns and gotten out of the house.

"They had got out the window apparently got out on the road here and started shooting at me," continued the man. "Shot some three or four times."

The homeowner wouldn't go down without a fight and fired back at the men.

"I think I was more scared once I got back outside," he said.

Investigators found a jewelry box in a wooded area less than 100 yards away from the home.

About two miles further down the road, they found guns they believe the suspects threw out of the car.

A few miles later, the two men crashed along Flat Creek Road when deputies were chasing them.

Sheriff Morris Young says this is one of many home invasions they've responded to recently.

"In Gadsden County, we have a lot of this going on right now. With the state of the economy and everything else going on," said Young.

Investigator Ulysses Jenkins says they plan to track down every last person who tries to start trouble in their county.

"We want the citizens to know, we want the criminals to know, we're not going to stop. However long it takes, we're going to keep going."

The homeowner wasn't hurt and the suspects were injured in the crash, not the shooting. The man's wife came home just minutes after this all unfolded.

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Gadsden County, Florida - January 9, 2012 - 1pm

Two armed men broke into a Gadsden County home just before noon today. The homeowner came home when the men were still inside. One of the suspects fired at the homeowner and the man returned fire. The two men got away until they crashed a few miles down the road on Flat Creek Road, while being chased by Gadsden County deputies. The homeowner wasn't injured.

We don't know the condition of the burglars at this time.

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Gadsden County, Florida - January 9, 2012

Gadsden County Sheriff's deputies were in pursuit of a vehicle. Details are limited at this time, however the public information officer tells us that the vehicle crashed on Flat Creek Road around noon.

We are have a reporter on the scene. We will provide you with details as they become available.


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  • by Bill Swanson Location: Florida on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    I know there's crazy people that come in all colors,cultures,and creeds. But, has anyone noticed that 9 out of 10 violent crimes and robberys are by african americans? What is going on? I read the newspaper every day and no lie every day there's a new story about a african american doing something violent or caught stealing. Again I see whites and hispanics too. But, its not every day. Whites make the evening news/newspaper about twice a month. Same goes for hispanics and other races. But blacks are in the news EVERYDAY commiting herendous crimes. Enough with the cliche platitudes about "single parent homes", "grew up with no role models" bla bla freaking bla. Enough with the pitty party. Black adults need to get control and clean up their culture and the way the world looks at them. I no longer feel sorry when you give me the sad pitty party excuses. You've had plenty of time to get your stuff together.
  • by Aint aint a word on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Reruns of the Dukes of Hazzard could have really paid off, Yeeeeehaw.
  • by Crash Boom Bam on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    Someone hasnt been watching enough NASCAR. Heres ya sign.
  • by a military countryman Location: florida on Jan 11, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    But people, They're young black males from a single parent home. They grew up in a rough area. They cant help it. We need to use tolerance & let them go so they can victimize someone else. Remember that blacks were slaves so we should let them run a muck in the name of tolerance. You dont wana be called a racist do you? When will blacks realize that "thugocracy" is a cliche over played card. We're sick of it all ready!Stop emulating and celebrating your criminal culture!
  • by Citizen Location: Gadsden County on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:58 AM
    Julie, as a citizen of Gadsden County or anywhere for that matter, I take offense at the use of your opening comments, "...opens fire...". That is generally a derogatory term and what you should have said is "...returned fire on a couple of thugs" who had just broken into his home.
  • by Dr GlugGlug Location: The Koolaid Elite on Jan 10, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    Where the heck is Dr. GaGa and Jane?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    I have you to know that that man you are talking about may have some age on him but he will put a cap in someone's behind if needed.
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident on Jan 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
    Thankyou to GCSD for taking down these hoods. This is why folks can sleep at night, and do not fear closing their eyes. Thankyou Gadsden SO! Job well done. Lock-em-up!
  • by Eugene Location: Gadsden on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    Don't Be A Victim
  • by Lametrius on Jan 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    That old man dont need all them guns. They was just trying to redistribute some wealth. How you going to send these young entrepreneurs to jail over that? Obama in 2012
    • reply
      by stupid on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:49 AM in reply to Lametrius
      STUPID
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