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Prosecutor talks about burglary and shooting

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill gave more details on the attempted burglary at 1919 Frances Ave.

Posted on Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:45 p.m.

ELKHART — Four suspects from an attempted burglary at 1919 Frances Ave. will be formally charged with felony murder today, Oct. 9, according to Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill.

In a press conference, Hill identified the four suspects: Blake Layman, 16; Jose Quiroz, 16; Levi Sparks, 17; and Anthony Sharp, 18. Danzele Johnson, 21, was also one of the intruders and was shot and killed by the homeowner, Rodney Scott.

Officials believe that the five suspects conspired to burglarize the home at 1919 Frances Ave. They forced their way through the back door and they armed themselves with some of Scott’s knives.

Scott was taking a nap in an upstairs bedroom of his home when he heard noises. He took his handgun, his cell phone and ran down the stairs. When he saw the suspects, he fired five shots at the intruders, hitting two of them, said Hill

A third suspect ran out the door, a fourth suspect jumped through the window and a fifth suspect was acting as lookout, Hill said.

Layman and Quiroz were arrested within minutes of the incident.

Hill confirmed Layman was the other suspect who was shot.

Sparks was arrested Monday. Police have requested a warrant for Sharp, who lives in Goshen.

Scott will not face any charges. “He did what I think was reasonable under these circumstances,” said Hill.




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