ETX homeowner foils burglary, exchanges gunfire with perps
ARRESTED: (from left) Mychel Worth, 22, and Kevin Whaley, 33. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department)
HARRISON CO., TX (KSLA) -
A Hallsville, Texas homeowner got into a gunfight with two men whom authorities say were in the middle of a burglary in progress Monday morning.
Harrison County, Texas authorities say they were asked to respond to a burglary about 11:30 a.m. in the 7300 block of Red Oak. The owner told deputies that he came home to find a vehicle backed up in his carport and two men inside his home.
Deputies say that, as the homeowner left his truck, one of the burglars began firing a .22 caliber gun at him. The two exchanged shots, and the would-be burglars then ran away on foot into a nearby field.
That's when deputies, assisted by Texas DPS Troopers, a Hallsville Police K-9 unit, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden, and a Texas DPS helicopter unit, organized a search.
Warden Darren Peeples saw a man wearing clothing that matched the description of one of the burglars who was trying to cross a fence line near the intersection of FM 3251 and FM 968, which is about a mile west of the homeowner's house.
Deputies arrested Mychel Worth, 21, in connection with the burglary. A second man, Kevin DeWayne Whaley, 33, was arrested in Longview and was taken into custody by police there.
Both face charges of burglary and aggravated assault, deputies say.
Authorities say that a vehicle the burglars were using was reported stolen to Marshall Police about 30 minutes after the burglary and shootout occurred.