A person of interest in an early morning home invasion in Charleston is in custody, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday afternoon.
At about 5:45 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Bud Eubanks Road, the homeowner calling to notify police he’d been shot by people who’d broken into his home. He was airlifted to the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he was treated for his injuries.
Sheriff Shannon Beasley said detectives found footprints leading from the home to a wooded area nearby during their investigation. They searched for the suspects on foot and, later, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s aviation unit.
The suspects were not located during the search and evidence showed they likely left the area in a vehicle shortly after the crime had been committed. They developed persons of interest in the case and one of them was in custody before noon.
Colton Wilson, 29, has since admitted to his role in the home invasion and the shooting of the homeowner and stolen items from the residence has been recovered. He is currently being held in the Tipton County Jail with formal charges to be filed tomorrow in General Sessions Court.
The sheriff’s office isn’t identifying the victim at this time but say the two may know one another.
The victim underwent surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery. TCSO said they’re not sure yet if the homeowner interrupted the home invasion.
The second person of interest had not been detained at press time.
“We’re not sure at this time as to the motive to the home invasion, but we’re still certainly going to look into that. At this point in time you can rest assured we have all hands on deck investigating this crime,” said the sheriff. “Tipton Countians are relentless and you can’t just go into their communities and go unnoticed and not expect them to talk to law enforcement. This community this morning stepped up and offered information, resources, to help us with the investigation and for that we are forever thankful.”
The Leader will update the story as more information becomes available.