Homeowners use car to chase off suspected burglars

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Posted: Jun 07, 2011 6:08 PM
Homeowners use car to chase off suspected burglars

By Tim Ghianni

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - In what sheriff's deputies are calling an act of self-defense, two Tennessee homeowners ran their vehicle into one of three burglars they startled when they returned home early this morning.

Michael Harris and Sally Michello were greeted by gunfire from one of the trio of intruders when they arrived at their home in Rutherford County, just south of Nashville, according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni.

The burglars fled after one of them was struck by the car. No one was injured by the gunfire, but bullets did strike the door frame of the couple's vehicle, said Criminal Investigations Division Commander Preble Acton.

The victims were defending themselves by using their vehicle to ward off the intruders, said Cpl. Scott Martin. Police said no one was seriously injured.

After police arrived and began searching for the intruders, they stopped one car nearby and determined that the driver was one of the suspects. Another suspect was discovered by Becky, a police dog, and her partner Lt. Kenneth Barrett.

Antonio Jenkins and Rekardo Simmons, both 19, were charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and theft. They are being held in Rutherford County Adult Detention Center

The third suspect, believed to be the gunman, remains at large, according to authorities.

(Writing and reporting by Tim Ghianni; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)