Brooksville, Florida

From Tampa Bay‘s of October 29, 2007

Burglary Suspect Caught

A suspected burglar who was shot twice on his way out the door has been captured, authorities announced today.

Deputies cordoned off streets in the area of Sunshine Grove Road for hours Oct. 17 as they unsuccessfully searched for the suspect, now identified as 23-year-old Nigel Fleming.

An affidavit shows Fleming was arrested at his home, 21348 Canal St., Brooksville, on Friday, but a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office couldn’t say what led investigators to Fleming because the case is still open.

An arrest affidavit states the victim, Mark Hartley, arrived at his home on Sunshine Grove Road that morning to find an unfamiliar red pickup in his driveway.

Hartley armed himself with a .22 caliber handgun from his pickup and went to investigate. When he stepped inside the open back door, Fleming allegedly charged him and pushed Hartley against a washing machine.

At one point in the struggle, Hartley shot Fleming in the gut with small pellets called rat shot. Fleming was also shot in the buttocks as he fled.

Detective Randy Williamson reported that the suspect left behind a pair of size 10 1/2 shoes and escaped capture barefoot.

Fleming is charged with burglary of a dwelling with battery and has been placed on a no bond status.


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