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Deputies investigate shooting after reported burglary

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

A Jessamine County neighbor confronted three burglary suspects snooping around his neighbor's barn, but from the moment he fired off five rounds the case continues to reveal new information.

Tonight 27 News First learned that 20-year-old Jordan Miller, charged with burglary in today's crime, also has a list of crimes he's confessed to in Danville, back in August 2011. The Jessamine County Sheriff's Office confirmed that this is the same Miller, who told Danville police that he stole several cars and is currently out on probation.

Around one, this afternoon, a man on Fort Bramlett Road walked out to find Miller, 19-year-old Travis Deatherage, and a juvenile attempting to steal from his neighbor's property.

"It's a secluded house, at a time of day when people are normally at work," started Jessamine County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Purcell.

Deputy Purcell said it was the alert neighbor that, "walked out and confronted the subjects."

The concerned neighbor told investigators that the three suspects then jumped into a Dodge Dakota and came speeding his way.

"He is stating that the vehicle came at him and he began firing," said Deputy Purcell.

Investigators say that's when the man fired five rounds from his handgun at the SUV, with one of the bullets going through the windshield and hitting Deatherage in the upper torso. The trio kept driving, racing for the Garrard County line, before they were finally stopped.

That's when deputies first learned who was in the vehicle, with several windows shot out.

Deatherage was rushed to U.K. Hospital, where at last check he is listed in critical condition.

Also, it appears the man the suspects had their sights on is the boyfriend of Deatherage's mother.

"He does have a relative that does stay here," answered Deputy Purcell, adding, "from the initial investigation we're not seeing that he (Deatherage) had any reason to be here, today, at the time he was."

The intended burglary victim, did not want to comment, but says this attempt came just a day after someone stole several thousand dollars in equipment from him.

While Deatherage is his girlfriend's son, the intended victim says he's thankful that his neighbor stepped out to stop the crime, calling the alert neighbor "a good man!"

Miller and Deatherage are facing burglary charges, and the third suspect will be processed in the juvenile system. Deputies say a grand jury will decide if the neighbor will be charged in the shooting.

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