West Knoxville man shoots suspect during home invasion

West Knoxville man shoots suspect during home invasion

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The homeowner saw a man peeking through the front window of his home. The homeowner saw a man peeking through the front window of his home.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A West Knoxville man shot a suspect in the chest during a home invasion Friday morning.

Homeowner Gary Berthiaume, 59, of Lance Drive, told police he was sitting on his back porch when he noticed a man peering through the window in his front door.

Berthiaume went inside his house to get a handgun, but when he opened the door, two suspects rushed in and attacked him, forcing him back into a foyer area.

He then fired one shot, striking one of the suspects in the upper chest. Both suspects then fled the scene.

Berthiaume was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for minor injuries.

Several minutes later, a man with a gunshot wound to the upper chest arrived at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.

Police later determined that a third suspect dropped suspect Joshua Williams, 19, off at the hospital before fleeing the area.

Williams was later transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Investigators are still looking for the other suspects.

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