A would-be burglar was met by gunfire as he tried to break into a home early Tuesday morning in the Cottage Grove area.

According to the report by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker, he was dispatched shortly before 4 a.m. to the home on Jim Hunt Road south of Cottage Grove.

Whitaker said a neighbor heard someone throw something at her house, then received a call from a relative who lived next door saying someone had just kicked in the front door.

The woman grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and went to check on her relative, and arrived to find a suspect described as a tall black male at the front door trying to enter the home.  

The woman fired at the man, who fled and ran into some nearby woods.

The home’s door and frame showed signs of forced entry damage, Whitaker said. Officers searched for signs of the suspect, or a possible blood trail, but nothing was found.

In other incidents:

• A Paris man accused of breaking into a home in late May and assaulting the homeowner was arrested on assault and burglary warrants Tuesday morning by a Paris Police officer.

Hoza M. “Malik” Hutcherson, 19, 311 Powell St. was arrested at 8 a.m. at his home by Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos.

He was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

According to an earlier report by Ramos, Hutcherson was a suspect in a forced entry and assault case that took place May 24 on Lois Street in Paris. Hutcherson’s arrest sheet indicated the charges dated to that incident.

Hutcherson’s bond was set at $20,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

• A handgun was stolen from an apartment in Paris within the past two-three weeks, according to a report at the PPD.

Ramos stated the theft was reported Monday afternoon at Paris city hall.

In his report, Ramos stated the owner kept the .38-caliber Charter Arms Pink Lady handgun was taken from a dresser door in the home’s bedroom between May 15 and Monday.

The pistol was valued at $379.

• Two cases of arrowheads were among the items stolen during daylight hours Monday from a home on Whiskey Ridge Road in Paris.

In his report, Ramos said the homeowner left the home about 7:30 a.m., and returned at 1:45 p.m. to find his dog, which was supposed to be inside, in the home’s yard.

On entering, he noticed the home’s deadbolt had been left unlocked, and items had been taken.

Among the missing items were the arrowheads, valued at $400; a Daisy BB gun, $200; and an air compressor, $200.

Also missing was a bag of toiletries, no value listed.

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