(IL) Serial burglar out on bond shot by homeowner 08-09-03
Another SERIAL BG "out on bond"............. and they wander WHY the heck crime is so bad????? It's the repeat criminals stupid!
Once again an armed citizen does what our justice system failed to do.....
Saturday, August 9, 2003
Homeowner shoots man
Apparent burglary attempt stopped near Heyworth By Kevin Simpson
HEYWORTH -- A homeowner's shotgun blast wounded a Bloomington man and
foiled what officials believe was a burglary attempt Friday afternoon in
The burglary suspect, Shad Hammond, 24, of Bloomington, was being
treated Friday afternoon for a shotgun wound at BroMenn Regional Medical
Center, Normal. Hospital officials declined to release information on
his condition Friday night.
McLean County sheriff's police said his injuries were not
"What it boils down to is the intruder was shot by the homeowner,"
McLean County Sheriff Dave Owens said. "The intruder was taken to the
hospital with a gunshot wound."
Authorities are investigating if Hammond is tied to a series of area
burglaries, including an attempted burglary near Funks Grove that
startled a teenage girl Friday morning. Hammond has a criminal record.
The rural Heyworth resident, Terry Hilton, was taken to the McLean
Department for questioning following the 1:30 p.m. shooting at the home
on U.S. 136 three miles west of Heyworth, Sheriff Dave Owens said.
Hilton was released without criminal charges.
Hilton's fiancee, Susan Kemper, said Hilton was too shaken by the
incident to comment.
Hilton called 911 after shooting Hammond, who was found on the ground
outside a rear door of the residence when police arrived, Owens said.
Criminal charges are pending against Hammond, Owens said.
Authorities reserved comment on whether the shooting was justified until
the investigation is completed. A report will be forwarded to the
state's attorney's office.
"There are a lot of questions to answer and a lot of work left to do,"
said Lt. Bonnie Serone of the sheriff's department.
Authorities declined to release additional information about the nature
of Hammond's wounds or other details.
It is unclear whether Hammond was shot inside or outside the home. A van
parked behind the residence was towed so it could be searched for
Hammond also is a suspect in a Friday morning burglary attempt near
Funks Grove. The suspect in that case startled a teenage girl at the
residence before fleeing around 10:40 a.m. Sheriff's deputies searched
the area for more than an hour without success.
Authorities also are checking if Hammond was involved to a string of
rural burglaries in McLean, DeWitt and Tazewell counties.
Hammond was sentenced in 1996 to four years in state prison for
burglarizing three Normal residences. He is currently out on $750 bond
on a charge that says he tried to steal anhydrous ammonia -- a
methamphetamine component -- near Hudson in the spring. The Funks
Grove-area home is about five miles northwest of where the shooting
Homes in that part of southwest McLean County are fairly isolated
because of surrounding farm fields. A nearby neighbor wasn't aware of
the shooting until notified by a Pantagraph reporter.
"That really makes me nervous," said Heidi Spaulding, 24. "I've always
locked my doors and windows, but now I'll be checking them a lot more."