Deputies: Saline County homeowner shoots armed burglary suspect who was leaving his house

SALINE COUNTY, Ark. – Deputies said an armed burglary suspect was shot by a Saline County man returning home Tuesday when he saw the suspect draw a weapon as he left the man’s house.

Officials with the Saline County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the home in the 10000 block of East Sardis Road. When they arrived, the deputies said they found the homeowner, who told them he had called 911.

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The man said he saw the suspect coming out of his house pointing a firearm at him. The homeowner then said he drew his own gun and fired at the suspect, identified by authorities as John Nutt of Little Rock, in self-defense.

Deputies said Nutt ran away from the home. Teams searched the nearby area and were able to find Nutt and take him into custody. Investigators said stolen property was found with Nutt when deputies located him.

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Authorities said he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies added that Nutt is expected to face charges including residential burglary and aggravated assault.

Officials with the sheriff’s office said the investigation into this shooting is ongoing but noted that at this time they did not expect the homeowner to face any charges.

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