Shots fired after home invasion

A local woman used a handgun when confronting two masked individuals who entered her home.

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the home invasion that was reported about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday on County Road 675W, west of Columbus and slightly north of State Road 46 West.

The 29-year-old woman who lives at the home told detectives that two individuals, believed to be male, entered the residence wearing masks over their faces, Sheriff Matt Myers said.

An altercation ensued during which the woman fired a handgun at the individuals, Myers said. The victim does not know whether either of the two individuals had been hit, Myers said.

The woman, who was injured during the altercation, was treated and released from Columbus Regional Hospital, Myers said.

The two suspects fled in a silver or blue older-model Cadillac, deputies said. A license plate number for the vehicle is not available, he said.

Myers said detectives are still investigating whether the two individuals were attempting to steal something from the home.

Sheriff’s department detectives worked on the case overnight and were continuing the investigation Thursday, saying they could not release more information at this time.

Myers said the Indiana State Police have been instrumental in helping detectives working on the case.

The sheriff asked area residents to stay alert not only about a possible home invasion but also about the possibility of daytime burglaries in the county.

The sheriff’s department was also assisted at the scene by the Columbus Police Department.

How to help

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s home invasion outside of Columbus is asked to contact Sheriff’s Department Capt. Christopher Roberts at 812-565-5924 or call 911.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.