Home invasion suspect shot by homeowner in Conway

Published: Aug. 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM EDT
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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Police in Conway are investigating the circumstances of a reported home invasion that left a homeowner wounded and the suspect in the hospital.

Catina Hipp, spokeswoman for the Conway Police Department, reports the home invasion occurred just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21 at a home on the 1600 block of Ninth Avenue.

Hipp explains that the homeowner was asleep in his bed that morning when he awoke to find a man standing over him with a machete.

The homeowner claims the suspect tried to assault him with the machete but he was able to block the blow, receiving a small laceration to his hand in the struggle.

The victim then retrieved a firearm he stores under his pillow and shot the suspect in the abdomen.

Hipp says the suspect was lying on the floor of the home when police arrived and was transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for surgery. The suspect is still hospitalized Thursday. Charges have not yet been filed.

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