CROSS LANES, W.Va. — A suspect in an early morning burglary in Kanawha County is recovering from being shot by the resident, and a second suspect was being sought by sheriff’s deputies.

The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Cross Lanes Community, where a family called 911 to report their door had been kicked in and the burglars were in their home.

“They heard people in their living room and stayed in their bedroom away from it, scared,” said Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Brian Humphreys. “When they got up to go inspect the living room, they found out their door had been broken through and while they were in the living room the suspects came back.”

The family told deputies one of the suspects, a white male, immediately turned an ran. The second suspect, a black male, stuck around and was shot by one of the residents as he turned leave.

The wounded suspect fell along the roadside of Cross Lanes Drive not far from the crime scene. Emergency medical technicians attended to the man until deputies arrived. The unidentified suspect was hospitalized but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

“The television, some other electronics, and some other items were removed from the apartment,” Humphreys said. “They had apparently come back, I presume to get more.”

Deputies were continuing to investigate and will present all evidence in the case to the county prosecutor to determine what charges will be filed.

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