Burglary suspect faces charges after being shot

Burglary suspect faces charges after being shot by Powell business owner

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Michael Johnson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Michael Johnson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

POWELL (WATE) - A man who was shot Sunday morning as he was allegedly breaking into a Powell business is now charged with theft, criminal trespass, and burglary.

Michael Johnson, 26, was shot and wounded early Sunday during the alleged break-in at Lett Construction, 101 W Beaver Creek Dr.

Knox County investigators say James Lett saw Johnson breaking into the business, and when Johnson tried to flee Lett fired three warning shots with a 12-guage shotgun.

At least one of those shots hit Johnson, but he continued to flee.

A short time later, Johnson's aunt called 911 reporting that her nephew showed up at her home with a gunshot wound.

Johnson was treated and released at UT Medical Center before being taken the Knox County Detention Facility for booking.

He is being held on the burglary-related charges, as well as for two outstanding warrants.

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