An Ohio homicide suspect was shot by a homeowner while they were raiding a Georgia residence, deputies say.
Officials discovered that Michael Brooks II, 28, was wanted for the fatal stabbing of 77-year-old Emily Foster in Columbus less than a week prior.
Brooks arrived at a home in Fayette County, Georgia, at about 2 a.m. Sept. 14, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said in a Sept. 15 news release.
Deputies went to the home after receiving a call about a burglary in progress, according to the release. They arrived and determined the homeowner was “forced to defend his family” and had shot the suspect in self-defense, deputies said in the release.
“The suspect had approached multiple houses in the neighborhood before targeting the residence in question,” the deputy said. The family at the home said they did not know Brooks.
He was taken to the hospital, where he is currently recovering from his injuries, deputies said. If he is fired, he will be served with an arrest warrant for Foster’s stabbing in Columbus, according to Fayette County officials.
Foster, a former Ohio State University employee, was shot to death on Sept. 9 near the school’s campus.
“People are just completely stunned,” Curt Steiner, a longtime friend and colleague of Foster’s, told The Columbus Dispatch. “She just loved that neighborhood, and it’s so tragic that she would meet her partner there.”
Outside the Georgia home where Brooks was shot, deputies found a red Ford F-150 they said had been stolen from Ohio. Officials said Brooks carjacked the truck in Kettering and used it to travel more than 500 miles to Fayette County.
Brooks faces charges of home invasion, burglary and theft by receiving in Georgia, according to the release.
The sheriff’s office believes Brooks acted alone.
“This is an open investigation,” the sheriff’s office said.
Fayette County is located about 25 miles southwest of Atlanta.
This story was originally published September 15, 2023, 4:22 p.m.
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