EDWARDSVILLE — A Troy man who police way was shot while breaking into a rural Marine home was charged Monday with five felonies.
In a press release, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said Brandon E. Switzer, 29, was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with two counts of residential burglary, one count of theft under $500 (second subsequent offense) and two counts of criminal damage to property.
At approximately 12:22 a.m. Nov. 20, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the occupant of a home in the 12000 block of Mayer Road, Marine. The caller reported that he had just shot an intruder who was breaking into his home.
Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police troopers responded to the scene. Deputies located Switzer lying in the grass at the rear of the home. Switzer was conscious and had what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to his chest. Switzer was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The home’s occupant told deputies he woke up to someone attempting to force entry to a rear door of his home. The occupant told deputies he armed himself with a firearm and warned the man to leave the property. The man reportedly ignored the warning and broke out the glass door in an attempt to enter the home. In response, the homeowner said he fired one shot at the intruder and called 911.
The first responding officers secured the scene and conducted a neighborhood canvas. During the canvas officers discovered a neighboring home had been burglarized. The suspect damaged the interior of the home as well as a vehicle in the home’s attached garage. Evidence was located during the investigation that linked Switzer to the burglary, as well as a theft from another neighboring home.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office conducted a thorough investigation into this incident and presented the finding to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office Monday. The felony warrant and criminal information was issued by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Switzer’s bond at $200,000.
Switzer was released from a St. Louis area hospital on Friday and taken into custody by the St. Louis Police Department on an outstanding felony warrant out of the Troy, Ill., Police Department for burglary. Switzer remains in the custody of the St. Louis Police Department awaiting extradition on the pending Illinois charges.
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