UPDATE: Homeowner fired shots at three suspects during break-in - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

UPDATE: Homeowner fired shots at three suspects during break-in

Posted: Updated:
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Chattanooga police are still searching for two suspects who took off when a homeowner arrived to find burglars loading his TV into a car. 
It happened on Holiday Hills Circle. The homeowner tells channel-3 he believed one of them was reaching for a gun and that's when he fired in self-defense, and the suspects took off.

"I seen some guys in my driveway, and one female, once i got closer to my house i realized they were putting my TV in the backseat of their car," the homeowner said.
    
It was around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and the last thing this homeowner expected was to see three people, two males and one female, leaving his house, carrying out his television.

"And as they put my TV down, one of the guys went for his waist, so I felt like my life was in danger and I shot a couple rounds to protect myself," the homeowner said.

The homeowner did not injure any of the suspects, all three ran off in different directions.    
    
Police found one of the suspects hiding in the woods behind his house.
    
They also found a gun police believe the suspect tossed into the bushes.

Police arrested was 26-year old Nico Bates. A neighbor's dogs alerted officers to him hiding in the woods as the homeowner made his report.

That homeowner didn't want to go on camera, but explains to us, he did what he had to, to protect his family. "I mean you feel a little uneasy at night, I'm okay it's just my wife and my kids you know, they feel kinda violated and scared and things like that, so, maybe those gun shots sent the message."

Nico Bates is charged with aggravated burglary, theft and possession of a firearm. The other two suspects; a male and female are still on the run.


A Chattanooga homeowner fired shots at three suspects who broke into his home during the day.The homeowner called police to report the break-in on Holiday Hills Circle. He told a dispatcher he fired shots at the suspects, who were still on scene. Police records do not indicate the suspects were injured. The homeowner said he believed one of them was reaching for his gun and that's when he fired in defense.

After a brief foot pursuit, officers arrested Nico Bates, 26, and charged him with aggravated burglary, theft and possession of a firearm. According to court records, Bates threw a handgun in the bushes just before police caught up to him. He told officers, “ I didn't take anything out of that house”.

Two other suspects fled the scene. A female left the scene driving a red Chrysler 200. A second male suspect took off on foot.

The homeowner told police the suspects took three televisions and two laptops from his home.
Powered by Frankly